Wife Says George Zimmerman Has Changed Since Trial, Doubts His Innocence in Martin Shooting

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  • MIAMI (AP) — Shellie Zimmerman said Thursday that she hasn’t been able to find her estranged husband to serve him divorce papers and that she doesn’t know what he’s capable of because he has changed since he was acquitted in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

    Shellie Zimmerman said on NBC’s “Today” Show on Thursday that she is conflicted over George Zimmerman’s assertion that he killed the 17-year-old Martin in self-defense. But she said she believes the evidence and respects the jury’s verdict.

    Martin, who was unarmed, was fatally shot in February 2012 after getting into a scuffle with Zimmerman as he walked home from a convenience store in Sanford, Fla. Shellie Zimmerman later pleaded guilty to perjury for lying about the couple’s finances after her husband’s arrest. She was sentenced to probation and community service.

    “After standing by him, he kind of left and I guess kind of went on a victory tour without me,” Shellie Zimmerman 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 for me.”

    Zimmerman told Lauer she doesn’t believe her believe her husband profiled Martin, who was black. However, she said she now “doubts” his innocence on the self-defense claim.

    Shellie Zimmerman, 26, also said she stands by her account of a Sept. 9 altercation with her husband at the house they shared in Lake Mary. She told a 911 dispatcher that her husband was threatening her with a gun.

    The dispute took place just days after she filed for divorce. Shellie Zimmerman, her father and a friend were removing items from the home when her husband showed up and began taking photos.

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