Trayvon shooter's wife charged

Last updated 10:35 13/06/2012
Trayvon Martin
DEAD: Trayvon Martin was shot and killed as he walked through a gated neighbourhood.
Shellie Zimmerman
ACCUSED: Shellie Zimmerman, wife of George Zimmerman.

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The wife of US teen Trayvon Martin's shooter has been charged with perjury, accused of lying when she told a judge that the couple had limited funds during a hearing that resulted in her husband being released on US$150,000 bond.

Shellie Zimmerman, 25, was released on US$1,000 bond.

George Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the Florida teen's slaying and had been out on the bond after the April hearing.

However, Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester on June 4 revoked the bond and ordered Zimmerman returned to the Seminole County Jail. Lester in a strongly worded ruling said the Zimmermans lied about how much money they had.

An arrest affidavit for Shellie Zimmerman said that records show in April she transferred more than US$85,500 from her bank account into her husband's account. The affidavit also said that jail call records show that George Zimmerman instructed her to "pay off all the bills," including an American Express and Sam's Club card.

A state attorney investigator met with credit union officials and learned that she had transfer control of his account.

Zimmerman's attorney Mark O'Mara has said the Zimmermans were confused and fearful when they misled court officials about how much money they had.

George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer, has maintained since the February 26 shooting says he shot Martin in self-defence because the unarmed 17-year-old was beating him up after confronting Zimmerman about following him in a gated community outside Orlando.

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- AP

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