Zimmerman's Wife: Marriage is in Trouble, Says Shelly Zimmerman

Shelly Zimmerman
Zimmerman's wife, Shelly, says marriage is in trouble. |

A day after being sentenced to one year of probation and 100 hours of community service for lying under oath, George Zimmerman's wife Shelly says her marriage is in trouble.

Shelly Zimmerman revealed in a Wednesday interview that a significant amount of stress has been placed on her marriage leading up to her husband's acquittal for the murder of Trayvon Martin. Recalling months of hiding to avoid public scrutiny and sleepless nights, Zimmerman says she wishes things had played out differently.

"We have pretty much lived like gypsies for the past year and a half. We've lived in a 20-foot trailer in the woods, scared every night that someone would go and find us and that it would be horrific," she told Christi O'Connor. "I can't tell you how many nights I've gone or laid awake at night just thinking that I wish to God the circumstances had been different."

Zimmerman also expressed her sorrow for Trayvon Martin's parents over the death of their son.

"I'm so deeply sorry for their loss,'' Zimmerman said. "I can't even begin to understand the grief a parent experiences when they lose a child."

On Wednesday, Zimmerman was sentenced to a one-year probation that includes 100 hours of community service for failing to disclose that her husband had received over $100,000 in donations. She was charged with perjury. But George Zimmerman did not appear in court. When asked if she would have liked his support, Shelly Zimmerman responded: "I always want my husband's support."

Despite admitting to a troubled marriage, and O'Connor revealing to ABC's "Good Morning America" the next day that Zimmerman's self-esteem had been "beat down" by her husband, Shelly Zimmerman still defends that her husband is not racist and would not have shot Martin out of hatred.

"That's just not his way," she said.

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