In standing by her husband, Shellie Zimmerman has found herself in trouble almost by default. Early on in the proceedings against George Zimmerman, Shellie was charged with perjury for claiming under oath that they were broke — it turned out her husband’s legal defense fund had collected more than $100,000 via a PayPal account — and is facing fines and prison time. She is still living with her husband at an undisclosed location, but unemployed. Last week, a judge told Shellie Zimmerman that he would not drop the perjury charge. She has pleaded not guilty to the allegations against her.
People who are charged with perjury are something of a unique commodity in Florida. Prosecutors largely avoid such charges because they are hard to prove. But special prosecutor Angela Corey has already won the convictions of almost three dozen people accused of perjury in her jurisdiction, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
Her attorney maintains Zimmerman’s innocence. “Looks to me like Shellie’s not guilty,” said Ken Sims during a TV interview. He says that Zimmerman is doing better now than she was when the whole murder case began. “She’s getting stronger…she wasn’t strong to begin with, but she’s growing up in a hurry.”