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Shellie Zimmerman to be arraigned on perjury charge

7:38 AM, Jul 31, 2012   |    comments
Shellie Zimmerman's booking photo for one count of perjury.
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SANFORD, Fla. - The wife of neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, will be arraigned on Tuesday on perjury charges-but she won't be in court.

Shellie Zimmerman's attorney, Kelly Sims, filed a written not guilty plea on Friday. Sims also filed a waiver for Shellie Zimmerman to not appear at her arraignment, according to the state attorney's office.

Shellie Zimmerman is charged with one count of perjury-lying under oath after Judge Kenneth Lester ruled thatshe lied about her and George Zimmerman's finances during a bond hearing. Shellie Zimmerman was arrested and charged June 12 and released the same day after posting bond.

While in jail before his initial bond hearing, prosecutors said -- and Zimmerman's lawyer Mark O'Mara has acknowledged -- that he and his wife spoke in code by phone when discussing their available funds.

At her husband's April 20 bond hearing, Shellie Zimmerman was asked whether the couple had financial means to assist in his defense.

"Uhm, not -- not that I'm aware of," she replied, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Four days later, after her husband was released from prison on bond, Shellie Zimmerman transferred more than $85,500 from her account back to George Zimmerman's account, according to the affidavit.

Her husband, George Zimmerman is charged with shooting and killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford on Feb. 26. George Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in Martin's shooting, claiming self-defense.

George Zimmerman was initially granted $150,000 bond and released. Lester revoked that bond last month after state attorneys argued that both George Zimmerman and his wife had lied about money raised from a website.

George Zimmerman has since been freed again on a new $1 million bond.

Lester is also expected to rule sometime this week on Zimmerman's request for a new judge, but it's not clear exactly when.

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