Two bits of news on l’affaire Zimmerman:
Shellie Zimmerman, the wife of acquitted murder suspect George Zimmerman, admitted Wednesday that she had committed perjury to help her husband get out of jail and agreed to a plea deal that requires her to serve a year of probation.
Shellie Zimmerman had been charged with felony perjury, which carried a possible sentence of five years in prison. Instead, she negotiated a a deal to plead guilty to a less serious crime — misdemeanor perjury.
She was composed during her 10-minute hearing, answering questions from Circuit Judge Marlene Alva in a clear, confident voice, saying, “Yes, ma’am,” when asked if she understood what she was doing.
She did not apologize in court, but in a letter to Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester Jr., the judge to whom she was untruthful, she wrote, “By lying under oath, I let my God down, I let your Honor and the court down, I let my family and my friends down, and most of all, I let myself down. In the future, no matter what the consequences, I will tell the truth because in the end all you have is your integrity.”
She says she did it and I won’t argue, even though I have seen innocent people plead guilty before. Either way, her guilt or innocence has nothing to do with her husband’s.
But wait! There’s more!
George Zimmerman’s Wife Says He Has ‘Beaten Down Her Self Esteem’
The Florida investigative journalist who is the first reporter to sit down with George Zimmerman’s wife, Shellie, said that during their “stunning” hourlong interview, the acquitted killer’s wife said that her husband has “beaten down her self-esteem,” but she is “looking forward to getting her life back.”
Christi O’Connor spoke with ABCNews.com today about her experience locking down an interview with Shellie Zimmerman as the media focused its attention on her husband, who was acquitted of second-degree murder charges in the death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old, in Sanford, Fla., in February 2012.
Shellie also told O’Connor that the aftermath of the shooting and months until the trial put a major strain on the couple’s relationship.
“It put great stress on their marriage,” she said. “Constantly having to move. She got threats. A lot of threats. She doesn’t want to reveal from who…. They are constantly living under fear of being attacked.”
O’Connor, who is working on a book about the George Zimmerman trial, also hinted that there was evidence that was mishandled, saying that during the sensational trial, “there were so many untruths told.”
“What the jury never heard could have led to a different verdict,” she said.
As bad as that sounds I’m gonna go out on a limb and predict that the unedited video of her interview won’t sound nearly so bad. Or then again, maybe it’ll be even worse.
But y’all will see it before I do. The interview will be air on Good Morning America this morning.
Let me know how it turns out.