The fallout from George Zimmerman, the shooter in the Trayvon Martin case, lying about his finances to a Florida judge has continued.
A week ago, he was sent back to prison after his bond was revoked because the court determined he had not been honest about his finances. Now, his wife Shellie has been arrested on one count of perjury.
In notes released Monday, Judge Kenneth Lester revealed his reasonings for rejecting Zimmerman’s bond, saying that both George and his wife knowingly lied about their finances. The couple insisted that they were destitute, which caused Zimmerman’s initial bond to be set at $150,000.
According to the Orlando Sentinel:
The Zimmermans spoke about the money “in code” during recorded jailhouse phone calls, prosecutors said. Then, Shellie Zimmerman told the judge during her husband’s bond hearing that the couple was essentially destitute.
“It is apparent that [Shellie] Zimmerman testified untruthfully at the bond hearing,” the judge writes in his order. “The Defendant also testified, but did not alert the Court to the misinformation.”
“Had the Court been made aware of the true financial circumstances at the bond hearing, the bond decision might have been different,” Lester wrote. After finding out about the discrepancy, the judge said he was left with two options: Increasing Zimmerman’s bond, or revoking it.
The judge writes that his considered several factors, most of which weighed against Zimmerman.
Among them, “this is a serious charge for which life may be imposed; the evidence against him is strong; he has been charged with one prior crime, for which he went through a pre-trial diversion program, and has had an injunction lodged against him” for domestic violence.
“Most importantly, though, is the fact that he has now demonstrated that he does not properly respect the law or the integrity of the judicial process,” Lester wrote.
Shellie reportedly transferred thousands of dollars out of the couple’s bank account before Zimmerman’s bond hearing. Assistant State Attorney John Guy issued an order today, officially charging Shellie with perjury. She was arrested and later released after posting $1,000 bond.