Zimmerman's Wife Will Not Be at Arraignment After Pleading Not Guilty

Shellie Zimmerman was charged with lying in court about her family's finances.

Posted: 07/31/2012 05:15 PM EDT
Shelli Zimmerman

The wife of Trayvon Martin’s killer did not appear at her scheduled arraignment in a Florida Court Tuesday after she pleaded not guilty to making false statements about the finances of her family.


Zimmerman's lawyer, Kelly Sims, entered a written not guilty plea last week, along with a waiver for her client not to personally attend her arraignment. Shellie Zimmerman was arrested on June 12 on one count of perjury.


"Neither Ms. Zimmerman or her attorney are required to attend the arraignment," Seminole County court spokeswoman Michelle Kennedy told a local television station. "Ms. Zimmerman's name will remain on the docket, but her case will not be called."


Her husband, George Zimmerman, was charged with second-degree murder in the Feb. 26 killing of the 17-year-old, unarmed Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida. He has pleaded not guilty, saying he shot the teenager in self-defense. He invoked Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law, which allows citizens to use deadly force against another person if they consider themselves to be in danger. 



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