Wife Says Zimmerman Has Unraveled Since Trial

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  • ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The estranged wife of George Zimmerman said Thursday she thinks her husband has unraveled since he was acquitted in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin.

    “I don’t know who George is anymore,” Shellie Zimmerman said on Katie Couric’s show “Katie.” After his murder trial, he became unpredictable and “a pacing lion.”

    “I like to think I married a person who was a good person, and going through the past year and a half, I don’t know how that changes a person, or how a person’s spirit breaks, but it certainly seems that’s what happened to him.”

    Later, she said: “He does seem like a ticking time-bomb.”

    Shellie Zimmerman said she doesn’t think her husband intended to kill the 17-year-old Martin in February 2012. He has said he fired in self-defense.

    Martin was an unarmed black teenager and his death set off protests nationwide by people who believed he was racially profiled by Zimmerman. Shellie Zimmerman said she did not think her estranged husband is racist.

    Zimmerman’s public defender Jeffery Dowdy said he wouldn’t comment on Shellie Zimmerman’s statements or interviews.

    Since his trial, Zimmerman has had several brushes with the law, including an arrest this week on charges that he threatened his girlfriend with a gun. His attorneys say he will be acquitted.

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