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Shellie Zimmerman Not Expected in Court Wednesday

Sept. 19, 2012

Rene Stutzman

Shellie Zimmerman has a court date in Sanford Wednesday at 9 a.m. for a routine hearing in her perjury case, but she won't be there.

Defense attorney Kelly Sims wrote in an email to the Orlando Sentinel that she would not appear. He will, he wrote, and will ask for a continuance.

The hearing is called a "docket sounding", a short proceeding at which attorneys for both sides tell the judge, in this case Debra S. Nelson, whether they are ready for trial.

This case is nowhere near that. Sims has not yet asked to look at the state's evidence.

The 25-year-old Mrs. Zimmerman is charged with perjury, a felony. She is the wife of George Zimmerman, the Sanford Neighborhood Watch volunteer who shot Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black 17-year-old, on a Sanford sidewalk Feb. 26.

He says he acted in self-defense after the teenager attacked him. Prosecutors say Zimmerman spotted a black teenager whom he did not recognize, profiled him, assumed he was about to commit a crime then followed and murdered him.

Special Prosecutor Angela Corey's office in June charged Shellie Zimmerman, 25, with perjury, alleging that she lied at her husband's first bond hearing in April when she told the judge that she and her husband were broke.

In truth, they had $130,000 that they had been shifting from account to account, something they discussed in recorded phone calls George Zimmerman made in April while an inmate at the Seminole County Jail.

He is currently free on $1 million bond, awaiting trial on a second-degree murder charge.



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