An attorney for Shellie Zimmerman today asked a judge to throw out the perjury charge against her, saying that Special Prosecutor Angela Corey, based in Jacksonville, has no jurisdiction in the case.
Shellie Zimmerman, 25, is free on $1,000 bail, accused of lying while testifying at an April 20 bond hearing in Sanford for her husband, second-degree murder suspect George Zimmerman.
After taking an oath to tell the truth, she testified by phone that she and her husband were broke when in truth financial records produced by prosecutors show the couple had received more than $100,000 in donations.
On the day of her testimony, she had more than $57,000 in her checking account, records show.
She was not in the courtroom when she testified, but she was in Seminole County.
Gov. Rick Scott in March appointed Corey as special prosecutor in the George Zimmerman case. He's the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who shot and killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed, black 17-year-old, Feb. 26, in Sanford.
Scott's executive order gave Corey the authority to investigate "all matters pertaining to the death."
In paperwork filed today in state circuit court in Sanford, Shellie Zimmerman's attorney, Kelly B. Sims, argues that Corey's authority does not extend to any cases in Seminole County except that of George Zimmerman.
"Importantly, Governor Scott did not give Special Prosecutor Corey blanket authority to file additional charges against other individuals for any alleged crimes committed within the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit," Sims wrote.
Seminole County is part of the 18th Judicial Circuit. Corey is the elected state attorney in the Fourth Judicial Circuit -- Duval, Nassau and Clay counties.
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