George Zimmerman Divorce: Why Did Wife File For Separation Now?

George Zimmerman case
Shelly Zimmerman, wife of George Zimmerman, watches proceedings on the third day of jury selection in his murder trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford. Reuters

Not long after a Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, his wife Shellie has filed for divorce. Attorneys said Thursday that she has not filed the paperwork yet, but will be in the coming days. She told ABC News in an interview a few days prior the divorce was on the table for she and her husband. The 26-year-old pleaded guilty to perjury last month when she lied about their family income when she was bailing her husband, 29, out of jail the night of the shooting. She appeared in court without him, and told reporter Christi O'Connor that she felt "very much alone" in the courtroom. She said she would have to think of it when asked if she would consider staying married to George.

"I think we have been pretty much like gypsies...We've 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," Shellie said of the couple's life during and after the case. She and her husband were reportedly the victim of many death threats, which caused them to go into hiding and living with security guards for their protection. She said she believed her husband's story and was hurt by the allegations that he was a murderer and a racist. The couple was allegedly experiencing marital problems before the trial. Shellie must serve 100 hours of community service and one year of probation for perjury. Her husband was also in the news this week when he was pulled over for speeding for the second time since the trial ended nearly two months ago.

George Zimmerman was accused of second-degree murder when he shot Martin in a gated community, where Zimmerman served as a neighborhood watchman. He accosted Martin for behaving suspiciously. Zimmerman told prosecutors that Martin retaliated by hitting him in the face and slamming his head into the concrete, at which time he pulled out a gun and shot the teenager in self defense. The ruling caused a nation outcry. Zimmerman has been in the news multiple times since the verdict, once for allegedly helping a family out of an overturned vehicle, and twice for speeding. There was a firearm in his car the first time he was pulled over.

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