George Zimmerman's Wife Now Has Doubts About His Innocence
Shellie Zimmerman — wife of George Zimmerman, the man who shot unarmed teen Trayvon Martin — was on Today this morning, and seemed freaked out and conflicted as she told Matt Lauer "I know my husband" in one sentence and "I don't know him" in another.
On September 5, Shellie filed for divorce. On September 9, George Zimmerman was taken into custody following a domestic dispute with Shellie, in which she claimed he was threatening her and her parents with a gun. Today, Shellie admitted to Lauer that she did not actually see a gun in George's hand, "But I know my husband… I saw him in a stance — and a look in his eyes that I've never seen before, and he was putting his hand in his shirt, and saying, 'Please step closer. Please step closer.' I logically assumed he had a gun on him." At the time, she said to a 911 operator: "I don't know he's capable of." And this morning, she said it again: "I really don't know what he's capable of. This person that I'm married to, that I'm divorcing, I've kind of realized now that I don't know him."
Matt Lauer then asked Shellie why she didn't press charges if she believed she'd been threatened with a gun. "In hindsight, I should have. I really regret that," Shellie admitted. She pointed out that since she was on probation, she also would have gone to jail if she had pressed charges. A pretty good reason to hesitate.
Later, Lauer asked Shellie if George has changed dramatically since the trial; she replied, "Yes. He has. He kind of treated me like I was disposable. He left, and went on a victory tour without me."
But the most gripping part of the interview was when Lauer brought up the night Trayvon Martin died, questioning whether Shellie's view of the incident has changed, considering recent events.
Lauer: Has it changed your perspective at all on what he's told you what happened the night that Trayvon Martin was shot and killed? Do you still believe the story that we have all heard from him?
Shellie: I'm conflicted on that. I believe the evidence, but this revelation in my life has really helped me to take the blinders off and start to see things differently.
Lauer: Let me make sure I understand. So you now doubt his innocence, at least the fact that he was acting on self-defense on the night that Trayvon Martin was killed?
Shellie: I think anyone would doubt that innocence because I don't know the person that I have been married to.
Shellie Zimmerman did say that she believes the evidence, and added that she respects the jury's decision. But since she has doubts about her husband, claims to have no idea what he's capable of — meaning violence — and admits that she herself has credibility issues — this interview raises more questions instead of offering answers. (When asked if she knows where George Zimmerman is right now, Shellie said: "No.")
I'm not going to click on a Jezebel link, so you might as well find a different source.
Gee, thanks for speaking up now.
Too late, cow.
Well duh. What a non-story. Why does she keep inserting herself into the spotlight?
Too late. The prosecution was horrendous.''I know she had to support her husband but now she wants to change her tine after he cheated, whoop that a$s and the money ran out.
She was guilty of perjury which she committed on behalf of her husband.
You picked him.
How would pressing charges violate her probation ?
"She pointed out that since she was on probation, she also would have gone to jail if she had pressed charges. A pretty good reason to hesitate."
How would that have happened? If that is the case, than Florida is even more fucked up than I thought.
Zimmerman's character was never introduced at trial as a defense, either through witnesses or his own testimony.
It doesn't matter what his wife thought then, now or in the future.
The guy's alive and free because of this country's love affair with handguns.
Probation isn't child's play. Clearly, for her to press charges, she would have to admit that she was involved in some sort of altercation (even if her claim was that she was totally innocent). If you are on probation, you have to be perfectly clean or they can throw your ass in jail - it is a privilege to be on probation based on the court's judgement if you are likely to re-offend. If anything even SMELLS funny about you during that time, they can shitcan your ass and make you serve your time.
Florida is fucked up.
Every day at around 3 pm my aunt comes over to my mother's house, so she unlocks her sliding door. She unlocked the door and the phone rang. It was my aunt telling my mother she would be late -- just as my mother heard the 'ding ding" of her alarm system, informing her that someone had entered her house.
It turned out to be a little boy, carrying a toy gun. My mother asked him. "Little boy, why did you just walk into my house like that? You're not supposed to do that."
He said he was looking for "bad guys." The neighborhood had been a good one until the housing market imploded. There were now a lot of renters in the area and a nearby house had been robbed. That was the reason why the boy was looking for "bad guys." My mother escorted him very calmly and sweetly from her house.
A few days later, my mother sees the sheriff's car across the street. The sheriff is putting the woman who lives across the street in handcuffs. Turns out the little boy showed up in her back yard with a real, loaded handgun. She took the gun from him and called the police. The police then arrested her for being in possession of a firearm because she was on probation for a pot charge. The cops knew full well it wasn't her gun and that there were other children playing in the neighborhood who were in danger from this little freak kid walking around with a loaded handgun. They arrested her anyway, in front of her small children.
That's how fucked up Florida is. The biggest state agency is the department of corrections. The prison system is a major industry in FL.
I can't prove it, but I will bet you cops and judges get kickbacks for imprisoning as many people as possible.
It must quite difficult going through life associated in the minds of many people with a walking target for vigilante justice. This is more about her trying to distance herself from that ticking time bomb than the result of some deep soul searching.
R14 - That is why I believe that the for profit prison system should be banished from ALL states. I really believe that it is one of the biggest unreported SCANDALS in the world today. Crooked cops (who lie on the stand like there's no tomorrow) and crooked judges sending people to prison on trumped up charges for kickbacks from the prison companies. It is terrifying.
You don't even need crooked judges or cops.
Mandatory sentencing including 3 strikes laws have removed judicial discretion from sentencing. Doesn't matter what judges think is best, the're trumped by legislation which requires them to send convicted law breakers to jail.
Not surprisingly these laws were first promoted by prison guard unions in California.
The only thing that will change this is the ever increasing cost of housing prisoners as they age. The costs will force some states to consider cheaper alternatives.
The sad part is that there won't be any preparation for a non-criminal life for these elderly parolees so they'll end up back in prison.
What a bitch.
[quote]Why does she keep inserting herself into the spotlight?
Zimmerman was always a pig. Then he became an infamous killer who got away with it. Now he's a guilt-ridden, self-destructive famewhore who's blown through whatever money they managed to steal from his "defense" fund.
Suddenly Skeptical Shellie is looking to get away from her homicidal husband and make some money off of her story, R5.
It took many years before O.J. went to jail. With Zimmerman, he'll be dead or in jail within a year. He's headed down that road.
[quote] Now he's a guilt-ridden, self-destructive famewhore who's blown through whatever money they managed to steal from his "defense" fund.
He's guilt-ridden? Seriously?! That must be why he went to the manufacturer of the gun that he used to kill Trayvon Martin and smiled broadly as he posed with the newest model.
If your husband pulled a gun on you and your father and you didn't have doubts about his guilt for a recent murder he was accused of, you'd be an idiot.
I don't think Zimmerman is guilt-ridden. I think he's a personality-disordered monster who's going to hurt or kill someone else. And if that someone else is a white person, he'll go to jail, where he belongs.
That said, this Shellie is a piece of work, too. She may indeed have reason to fear Zimmerman. But she always sounded just as manipulative and horrible as he does.
Such a bitch. Makes all women look bad.
There is nothing innocent about what Zimmerman did. He deliberately went out looking for an opportunity to hunt down and kill a human being, with the understanding that his community, including his wife and the rest of his family, would close ranks around him and protect him from the consequences because they're racist gun nuts who felt they had to "win" this one. And that's exactly what happened.
I have no doubt she's an abused wife, but that doesn't make her any less of an asshole for helping her asshole husband beat the rap. She had the chance to lock him up for her own and everybody else's safety, and chose not to, and I don't think she has any regrets except that now she realizes he's about to either dump her or kill her. My guess is she's fishing for a book deal and/or reality show in order to strengthen her hand.
I have no love for any of the Zimmermans, but I want to warn you that, "Do you have money?" is a loaded question asked by judges in FL. It was used on a relative of mine who was arrested on marijuana charges in order to get him a 3 strikes conviction.
The judge does not asked specifically, "Doyou have money on you right now? Do you have any money in the bank?" It is asked like this. "Do you have money?" or, "Have you got money?"
My relative thought the judge was asking him if he was well-off, as in, "Do you have money for a lawyer?" He said no, because he thought the judge was then going to appoint him an attorney. The fact was, my relative lived next door to his uncle, who saw the police at the house and went over to see what was happening. When he realized it was an arrest, the uncle went home, got his $1,000 emergency cash stash and gave it to my relative for bail.
So when the judge asked my relative if he had money, he said no. The money he had on him was his uncle's, not his. I have no doubt that the cops informed the judge that he had $1,000 in cash on him so that the judge could ask the vague, "Do you have money?" question. My relative was charged with perjury and was later convicted of 3 strikes.
So when I heard that Zimmerman's wife had answered no to the "Do you have money?" question, I could understand why she did it. The money was for a defense fund, it wasn't "her" money. This is a trick question judges ask in order to charge someone with perjury.
So if you are ever arrested for any reason at all and you are asked, "Do you have money?" always answer, "I have some money." Let the judge decide whether to question you more closely. Everyone has some money. You might have a roll of pennies in your house -- that's money.
Never answer no.
Keep in mind that when you are arrested and being arraigned, you are in a state of high stress. You don't think you're a criminal, but you are being treated like one. My relative had a documented history of chronic pain and was sure that this would get him a light sentence, since he was going to use pain as an excuse for buying and possessing the marijuana. Doesn't matter. As soon as you walk in that courtroom for arraignment, you are going to be treated like a dirtbag and the proceedings are going to be rushed along as fast as possible to confuse you.
Think before you answer any yes or no question.
The verdict was NOT GUILTY... and rightly so!
GET OVER IT
GZ is just a very little man with a gun. I doubt he'll be around in 10 years, if he doesn't go to prison first.
Well the year is closing out fast r20 he better hurry up.
*****Breaking on Headline News*****
George Zimmerman caught throwing a gum wrapper out his car window....
Full details tonight on Nancy Grace and Jane Valez Mitchell.
Live Interview with his disgruntled wife!! "I just know he did it. Hold on, let me call my lawyer a sec... He still didn't give in on the settlement figure? Ok Nancy, I just remembered some other stuff I think he did too."
[quote]Well the year is closing out fast R20 he better hurry up.
Not true, R29. I said: "With Zimmerman, he'll be dead or in jail within a year." Since that was posted on 9/28/2013, that one year period ends in September 2014. There is a major difference between "a year" and "the year."
Yes. Seriously and obviously.
[quote]That must be why he went to the manufacturer of the gun that he used to kill Trayvon Martin and smiled broadly as he posed with the newest model.
Exactly. He's overcompensating in addition to whatever they paid him. I also mentioned that Zimmerman is self-destructive and a famewhore. All of his publicized behavior since the trial shows that he is living in a pit of self-loathing, as well he should.
It doesn't excuse his murder of Trayvon Martin by any stretch of the imagination. It simply demonstrates that he is very aware of his own guilt. Unclench, dear.