George Zimmerman’s wife has been released after being arrested Tuesday afternoon for lying to the court about the couple’s finances.
CNN reports that Shellie Zimmerman, 25, was arrested in Seminole Country, Florida, on a perjury charge. Assistant state attorney John Guy charged Shellie with intentionally hiding $135,000 in George’s legal defense fund during his April 20 bond hearing. In Florida, a perjury charge is punishable by up to five years in jail or a $5,000 fine.
According to the Seminole Country Sherriff’s Office, Shellie was released Tuesday afternoon after she met conditions for a $1,000 bond.
Shellie testified under oath that she was unaware of the amount of money that had been raised from a website set up as George Zimmerman’s defense fund. The Associated Press obtained an arrest affidavit that shows Shellie not only knew about the account, but had actually transferred a total of $74,000 in eight smaller payments between $7,500 and $9,990 from George’s bank account into hers.
An additional $47,000 from George’s account was transferred into his sister’s account just days before the hearing. AP also reports of jail records that show George instructed his wife to “pay off all the bills” with the cash.
Mark O’Mara, George’s attorney, said the couple was confused and fearful when they lied to the court about their funds. George has pleaded not guilty against second-degree murder charges in the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on February 26.