Shellie Zimmerman, Estranged Wife of George Zimmerman, Says She 'Doubts' Husband's Innocence In Trayvon Martin Case

  @AndrewBerry1 on September 26 2013 2:35 PM
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Shellie Zimmerman says she has doubts about the innocence of her husband, George Zimmerman, after he was acquitted in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. REUTERS

Shellie Zimmerman -- the estranged wife of George Zimmerman -- says she has doubts about her husband’s innocence after he was acquitted in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

"I'm conflicted on that,'' she told host Matt Lauer on NBC's Today show Thursday. “I believe the evidence, but this revelation in my life has really helped me take the blinders off and start to see things differently."

As Today.com reports, the “revelation” Shellie Zimmerman mentioned is a reference to her Sept. 9 encounter with George at a home the couple once rented from Shellie’s father in Lake Mary, Fla. According to Shellie, George punched her father in the nose, smashed her iPad and threatened her with a gun, though no firearm could be found at the scene. Neither side pressed charges.

"In hindsight, I should've, and I really regret that, but I'm on probation and the officers made it very clear that day if I pressed charges we were all going to go to jail and I would've been the only one to stay there," Shellie said.

Shellie filed for divorce from George on Sept. 5. She is currently on probation for lying about the couple’s finances during a bail hearing for her husband in April 2012.

"I didn't see a gun, but I know my husband," she said of the incident earlier this month. "I saw him in a stance and a look in his eyes that I've never seen before. His shirt was halfway unbuttoned and he was putting his hand in his shirt and saying, 'Please step closer, please step closer.' So I think that just logically I assumed he had a gun on him."

"So you now doubt his innocence, at least the fact that he was acting in self-defense on the night that Trayvon Martin was killed?" Lauer asked.

"I think anyone would doubt that innocence because I don't know the person that I've been married to," Shellie responded. "I have doubts, but I also believe the evidence." 

“I really don't know what he's capable of,” she added. “This person that I'm married to that I'm divorcing, I've kind of realized now that I don't know him and I really don't know what he's capable of. I saw a look in his eyes [that day] that I've never seen before."  

George Zimmerman was found not guilty in July for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin on the night of Feb. 26, 2012. Shellie says her marriage fell apart shortly after the verdict.

"After [I stood] by him, he kind of left and I guess kind of went on a victory tour without me," Shellie said. "I thought I was living a life with him and that we were going to kind of rebuild after all this, and he had other plans."

According to Today.com, Shellie’s lawyer said George hasn’t been served with divorce papers because his whereabouts are unknown.

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