After being charged with perjury yesterday afternoon, Shellie Zimmerman was released on $1,000 bond, reports the Orlando Sentinel.
Prosecutor Bernie De la Rionda presented Judge Ken Lester with a partial transcript of telephone conversations Zimmerman had with his wife from jail. Discussing the amount of money they had, Zimmerman spoke in code to tell his wife how to make fund transfers. The couple would say “$15″ in place of “$150,000,” to keep authorities in the dark about their finances.
When Shellie Zimmerman was asked at the bond hearing how much money was raised from the website, she said, “Currently, I do not know.”
George Zimmerman previously had his $150,000 bail revoked because of the same lie and Judge Ken Lester has clearly had enough:
“It was apparent that Zimmerman’s wife had lied under oath, and clear that Zimmerman does not properly respect the law,” said Lester.
Attorney Mark O’Mara, who took the reins from Zimmerman’s former defense team after they claimed he was making legal decisions without them, has been in constant damage control mode.
“We feel the failure to disclose these funds was caused by fear, mistrust, and confusion,” O’Mara said. “The gravity of this mistake has been distinctly illustrated, and Mr. Zimmerman understands that this mistake has undermined his credibility, which he will have to work to repair.”
O’Mara claims they lied about how much money they had because they were “fearful” about being able to provide for their family; FOX News tells a different story:
An arrest affidavit for Shellie Zimmerman said that records show in April she transferred more than $85,500 from her bank account into her husband’s account. The affidavit also said that jail call records show that George Zimmerman instructed her to “pay off all the bills,” including an American Express and Sam’s Club card.
They don’t sound fearful at all to me — more like greedy.