• George Zimmerman divorce finalized


    SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. - Shellie Zimmerman stuck by her husband after he was charged in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, but this week her marriage to George Zimmerman officially ended.

    A Seminole County judge granted a divorce to the couple Tuesday, which was initially filed by Shellie Zimmerman on Sept. 5, 2013.

    The divorce decree cites irreconcilable differences as the reason for the separation.

    George Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter in Martin’s Feb. 26, 2012 death.

    He was acquitted of the charges on July 13, 2013.

    Shellie Zimmerman said her husband only spent a few nights at the home they shared in the days following the trial. She moved out on Aug. 13, 2013.

    It was no secret that Shellie Zimmerman was unhappy in her marriage. In an interview on “Good Morning America” after the trial she said she was going to have to “think about” staying married to George Zimmerman.

    The terms of the finalized divorce give George Zimmerman possession of his 2008 Honda Ridgeline and the family dog.

    Other property had already been split up and Shellie and George Zimmerman were awarded whatever was already in their possession.

    George Zimmerman is responsible for the legal fees stemming from his murder trial, which total $2.5 million, court documents said.

    Concerning a defamation lawsuit George Zimmerman filed against NBC, divorce documents awarded Shellie Zimmerman up to $166,000 after her ex-husband’s legal debts were satisfied.

    In suit against NBC, which is on appeal, Lawyers claimed that NBC edited Zimmerman's 911 call the night of the shooting to make it sound like the former neighborhood watch volunteer was a racist.

    In the call, Zimmerman did not mention Martin's race until a dispatcher asked.

    "OK, and this guy, is he white, black or Hispanic?" the dispatcher asked.

    "He looks black," Zimmerman replied.

    But in a series of reports on NBC in March 2012, the dispatcher's question was edited out, which Zimmerman said made it appear as though he was suspicious of Martin only because the teenager was black.

    If either Shellie or George Zimmerman decides to sell their story of the events surrounding Martin’s death, they will not have to share with each other any of the proceeds, the divorce decree said.

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