Less than two months after her husband, George Zimmerman, was found not guilty of murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, Shellie Zimmerman is filing for divorce.
Kelly Sims, Shellie Zimmerman’s attorney, confirmed to CNN that documents were filed Thursday afternoon in Florida’s Seminole County Courthouse.
George Zimmerman’s brother, Robert Zimmerman Jr., tweeted the news.
“According to Shellie’s atty Kelly Sims – Shellie is preparing to file 4 divorce. Docs have not yet been filed in Seminole Cty. Pray 4 them.”
Last week, Shellie Zimmerman told “Good Morning America” that her marriage was “in jeopardy.”
She said she would “have to think about” staying in the marriage and expressed guilt and regret about her actions after Martin’s death in February 2012. She pleaded guilty to perjury on August 28 for lying about the state of the couple’s finances during a bond hearing in April 2012. She had claimed she and her husband were broke, when in reality they had collected about $135,000 in donations.
“I can rationalize a lot of reasons for why I was misleading, but the truth is, I knew I was lying,” Shellie Zimmerman told ABC. “I wish a lot things were different. I can’t tell you how many times I have laid at night saying ‘God, I wish these circumstances had been different.’”
Zimmerman also said the publicity around the polarizing trial forced her and her husband to live in constant fear.
“I think we have been pretty much like gypsies,” she said in the ABC interview. “We lived in a 20-foot trailer in the woods scared every night that someone was going to find us and that we’d be out in the woods alone and that it would be horrific.”
Since his acquittal on July 13, George Zimmerman has been in the headlines several times. In late July, he reportedly helped a family escape from an overturned SUV. A report from the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office confirmed his involvement.
More recently, Zimmerman has been pulled over in traffic not once, but twice. The first time, he was given a verbal warning for a traffic violation in Texas and reportedly told officers he had a firearm in his glove compartment. The second time was in Florida on Tuesday, when he was issued a $256 ticket for speeding.
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