Shellie Zimmerman, the wife of acquitted shooter George Zimmerman, is filing for divorce, according to a report by ABC News. The news comes less than two months after Zimmerman was found not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter for the shooting of Trayvon Martin.
Shellie Zimmerman’s attorney Kelly Sims confirmed the news to the Orlando Sentinel. "After much soul searching and recent disappointments, Shellie feels compelled to officially end her six year marriage to George Michael Zimmerman," Sims said.
George Zimmerman’s brother, Robert Zimmerman Jr., also addressed the news in a tweet which reads: “According to Shellie's atty Kelly Sims - Shellie is preparing to file 4 divorce. Docs have not yet been filed in Seminole Cty. Pray 4 them.”
In an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America” last week, Shellie Zimmerman -- who recently pled guilty to perjury after lying about her husband’s finances during a bail hearing -- told reporter Christi O’Connor about her family’s life during and after the trial that captured the nation’s attention.
"I think we have been pretty much like gypsies…We've lived in a 20-foot trailer in the woods, scared every night that someone was going to find us and that we'd be out in the woods alone and that it would be horrific," she said.
Zimmerman also admitted that the situation had caused considerable strain in her marriage. “It’s difficult to communicate with your spouse when you’re under so much scrutiny from both sides and I think we both have been fighting for our own individual struggles to be heard by each other and that’s been difficult,” she said.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, when Zimmerman was asked whether she and her husband were still together, she replied "I'm not going to answer that.”
"Of course, I want to have children and stay married. ..." Zimmerman said.
"With George?" O'Connor asked.
"That's something I'm going to have to think about," Zimmerman said.
The Orlando Sentinel reports that the divorce papers have not yet been received by the Seminole County Clerk of Courts.