Last month, George Zimmerman stood trial for the 2012 shooting of the unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and was acquitted of second-degree murder, and now his wife, Shellie (pictured), who became a fixture at her husband’s court proceedings, is speaking out about their “strained” marriage on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” In a sit-down interview with investigative reporter Christie O’Connor, Shellie gave viewers insight on the backdrop of her marriage and how she is going to have to “think about” whether she stays married to Zimmerman.
On Wednesday, Shellie was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and one year’s probation for lying during her husband’s bond hearing about their finances. As to whether Shellie was pressured by her husband to do so may forever remain a mystery, but one thing is certain: Zimmerman didn’t show up when it was Shellie’s turn to face a court judge.
When O’Connor asked if Shellie wanted George’s support in the courtroom, Shellie said, “I always want my husband’s support.”
One of the most-important questions O’Connor asked Shellie was about her husband’s murder of Trayvon Martin, O’Connor cautiously asked, “Do you think George is capable of having profiled Trayvon and killed him on purpose?” To which Shellie immediately blurted out, “No, that’s just not his way.”
O’Connor then went on to probe Shellie about what took place the night Martin was gunned down in the Zimmerman household. Shellie explained that she couldn’t provide any details about the night of the murder, because she had left their home due to an argument, “I was staying at my father’s. We had gotten in to an argument the night before, and I left.”
Regarding the cause of their argument, Shellie wouldn’t provide any details, but that didn’t stop O’Connor from asking whether George flies off the handle, “Does George have a temper? How volatile did it get the evening before?” O’Connor asked.
Shellie refused to answer, saying, “Not going to answer that.”
The 26-year-old did discuss their experience after Trayvon was killed, saying that their time was spent just trying to hide from the world as they awaited the trial, “We have been pretty much gypsies for the past year and a half. We’ve lived in a 20-foot trailer in the woods, scared every night that someone was going to find us and that it would be horrific,” she recounts.
The couple has been guarded by security since June of last year, which was also during the time that Shellie was cuffed for perjury. The young woman says that she is grateful that they’ve managed to not be harmed by those individuals who have an agenda against her husband. “It got very crazy. living with bodyguards. It kind of feels like you’re with a babysitter. You really can’t make any choices for yourself anymore. We were in hiding. We were in the woods,” she expressed to O’Connor.