George Zimmerman's wife, Shellie, files for divorce

Posted Sep 5, 2013 by Yukio Strachan
George Zimmerman's wife, Shellie, filed for divorce Thursday evening, just a week after appearing on national television about her strained marriage and pleading guilty to perjury.
Booking photo. Shellie Zimmerman  the wife of the Trayvon Martin s killer  George Zimmerman  was cha...
Booking photo. Shellie Zimmerman, the wife of the Trayvon Martin's killer, George Zimmerman, was charged with perjury Tuesday, June 12, 2012.
Courtesy of Seminole County Sheriff's Office handout
Though Shellie Zimmerman, 26, was not available for comment, her attorney, Kelly Sims, confirmed the news with the Orlando Sentinel.
"After much soul searching and recent disappointments, Shellie feels compelled to officially end her six-year marriage to George Michael Zimmerman," said Sims.
Earlier Thursday, WESH 2 News confirmed that the divorce papers would be filed at the Seminole County Courthouse.
The Zimmermans, who were married Nov. 17, 2007, in Daytona Beach, separated Aug. 13, according to the divorce filing provided to the Sentinel.
"The marriage between the parties is irretrievably broken," the pleading said, according to the Florida newspaper.
Shellie Zimmerman alluded to this when she appeared on ABC News and "Good Morning America" last week discussing the difficulties of her marriage before, during, and following her husband's murder trial.
For example, Florida investigative journalist Christi O'Connor told that during their hourlong interview, the acquitted killer’s wife said that over the past year Zimmerman had “beaten down her self-esteem,” and that she was “looking forward to getting her life back.”
George Zimmerman shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin as he was walking home from the convenience store in the rain in February 2012. The former Neighborhood Watch volunteer said he shot the unarmed black honors student in self-defense.
As a result, Sanford police refused to arrest Zimmerman citing Florida's 'Stand your ground' law. That wasn't good enough for Martin's parents, so they pressed for justice. As word spread about the circumstances of the shooting and how the suspect was handled, Martin's death began to be seen as a civil rights issue, one of racial profiling.
Zimmerman was later charged by a special prosecutor with second-degree murder and arrested but was acquitted July 13.