There stands a reason why George Zimmerman and his wife Shellie lied about the money he was receiving in donations after he shot and killed Trayvon Martin, the Zimmerman’s were always in money trouble.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, George and Shellie Zimmerman have always struggled with money problems from the moment they were married.
The year the two wed George was sued, accused of failing to pay a credit card bill and three years later, Shellie was sued for the same thing.
Both were in and out of community college while they lived in Shellie’s parent’s home.
Their lives turned upside down when Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon, started a donation website and the money began to pour in.
Shellie is a 25-year-old Longwood native who wants to be a nurse and, when pressed, aggressively defends her husband. Although George Zimmerman has been vilified, especially on the Internet, for killing Trayvon, she testified at his bond hearing in April that she had never seen him angry.
The two married in November 2007 in Daytona Beach, FL, according to public records. He was 24 and she was 20, a cosmetologist who specialized in facials.
She enrolled at Seminole State College formerly Seminole Community College, in the fall of 2008 and left the school in the fall of 2010, their records show.
Olivia Bertalan, a neighbor the couple helped after a burglary, described Shellie Zimmerman as a "stay-at-home student."
The couple had moved into Sanford's Retreat at Twin Lakes in 2009, records show.
Frank Taaffe, one of George Zimmerman's most visible friends and early defenders, said he met Shellie once or twice at homeowners-association meetings. She was much less active in that group than her husband, he said.
Together the Zimmermans mentored two black middle-school students, a brother and sister, according to family members. Leanne Benjamin, a longtime friend of George Zimmerman's, met the children in December, she said.
"They did this because of their love of education and a desire to help people," she said of the couple, adding that she was aware they struggled with money.
"I know they didn't have anything before this all happened," she said.
As for Shellie committing perjury when she lied in court about the amount of money her husband received, the felony charge could carry a five-year prison term. But a local Florida attorney contests that if she enters a plea, she would likely wind up on probation.
Shellie is scheduled to be at a hearing on July 31 while her husband will have a second bond hearing on June 29th.
SOURCE: Orlando Sentinel