Shellie Zimmerman Reveals Strains on Marriage with George Zimmerman

ABC News
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In her first interview, George Zimmerman’s wife Shellie remembers enduring one of the most explosive trials ever.

“We lived in a 20-foot trailer in the woods, scared every night that someone was going to find us and that we'd be out in the woods alone and that it would be horrific,” she said.

In an interview with investigative reporter Christi O’Connor, who’s writing a book on the trial, Shellie Zimmerman remembers that day in July when her husband was found not guilty of second-degree murder and acquitted of manslaughter in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, and just how fearful she was after that verdict.

“The deputies were so afraid of people shooting into the windows of the courthouse, that they were pushing us up against the wall so that we couldn't be seen by the people outside,” she recalled.

Earlier this week, Shellie Zimmerman was back in that very same courtroom where she stood by her husband for weeks, pleading guilty to perjury for lying about how much money was in the couple’s bank account before the trial. But noticeably absent was her husband.

George Zimmerman’s whereabouts are unknown and now there are serious doubts about the future of their relationship.

“Of course I want to have children and stay married, but that's something I’m going to have to think about,” Shellie Zimmerman said.

She’s speaking out, but still guarded about what she’ll say about him. When asked if George Zimmerman is a changed man from the person she married, she said yes. But she did not want to answer in what ways he had changed.