The wife of the man standing trial for killing Trayvon Martin has pleaded not guilty to lying about their finances during his initial bond hearing, USA TODAY's Yamiche Alcindor informs us.
Shellie Zimmerman's new lawyer entered the plea today to the perjury charge, which was filed in June. Her arraignment is scheduled for Tuesday, but the lawyer filed a waiver so she does not have to appear in court.
Shellie Zimmerman was arrested June 12 and jailed briefly in Seminole County before posting a $1,000 bond. The special Florida state attorney prosecuting her husband said the 25-year-old Zimmerman perjured herself before Judge Kenneth Lester at the April 22 bond hearing.
In revoking George Zimmerman's initial $150,000 bond on a charge of second-degree murder, Lester ruled June 3 that Shellie Zimmerman had "testified untruthfully" about their finances after authorities learned he had collected more than $100,000 through Internet donations.
Recorded jailhouse phone conversations between the Zimmermans showed they discussed hiding the money, speaking in code, a court affidavit said.
Shellie Zimmerman transferred more than $74,000 to her personal account before the April bond hearing, according to the affidavit, and nearly $50,000 was sent to an account of Zimmerman's sister.
During the six calls, Zimmerman told his wife to "pay off all the bills."
Earlier this month, Zimmerman was again released from jail after posting a new bond.
The neighborhood-watch activist has pleaded not guilty to the February death of the 17-year-old Trayvon in Sanford, claiming self-defense. The Zimmermans have been living in an undisclosed safe house because of threats on their lives.
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