Shellie Zimmerman pleads not guilty to perjury charge


SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. - Shellie Zimmerman’s attorney filed a written plea of not guilty on Friday in connection with a perjury charge that was filed against his client, the wife of Trayvon Martin’s accused killer, George Zimmerman.

Shellie Zimmerman is accused of lying to a judge about finances during her husband's bond hearing earlier this year.

An order issued by Assistant State Attorney John Guy charged Shellie Zimmerman, 25, with knowingly making false statements during the April hearing.

“(I’m) not surprised,” said WFTV legal analyst Bill Sheaffer. “You can't perpetrate this kind of fraud on the court and expect there's not going to be consequences."

George Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting. He was granted $150,000 bond at that hearing and released.

The judge revoked that bond after state attorneys argued that both Zimmerman and his wife had lied to the judge about their finances, especially about money raised from a website. George Zimmerman is free on bond again following a second hearing.

Sheaffer said he believes Shellie Zimmerman could face up to five years in prison if convicted.