The estranged wife of George Zimmerman said she harbors doubts about her husband’s innocence in the killing of Trayvon Martin and that “I really don’t know what he’s capable of.”
Shellie Zimmerman spoke publicly for the first time since she called police accusing her husband of threatening her with a gun almost three weeks ago. She spoke on NBC’s Today show, saying that her husband had changed markedly since he was found not guilty of second-degree murder in the death of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
“This person that I’m married to, that I’m divorcing, I’ve kind of realized now that I don’t know him,” she said, in the interview. “And I really don’t know what he’s capable of.”
Earlier this month, Shellie Zimmerman called police saying that her husband was threatening her with a gun and that there had been a domestic dispute in which George Zimmerman hit her father in the nose.
In that incident, she accused George Zimmerman of being the aggressor and claimed he smashed her iPad, on which there had been a recording of the alleged assault. George Zimmerman told police later that the argument had been started by his father-in-law.
Since then, she said, she has been questioning what might have happened between her husband and the 17-year-old student who was killed by George Zimmerman in a gated community outside of Orlando.
“I’m conflicted on that,” she said. “I believe the evidence, but this revelation in my life has really helped me to take the blinders off.”
In the Today interview, she remained steadfast in her assertion that George Zimmerman had been carrying a gun, although police say they found no firearms on him when they detained him.
“I absolutely stand by my story,” she said. “I did not see a gun. But ... I know my husband. I saw him in a stance and a look in his eyes that I’ve never seen before.”
Her lawyer said they have filed divorce papers, which have not yet been served because George Zimmerman’s whereabouts were unknown.
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