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George Zimmerman's Estranged Wife Says She Doubts His Innocence, Self-Defense Claims in Trayvon Martin Killing


"I think anyone would doubt that innocence because I don't know the person that I've been married to."

(Credit: NBC/Today)

The estranged wife of George Zimmerman now says she has doubts that he acted in self-defense the night he killed unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012.

Shellie Zimmerman — who filed for divorce from and has been involved in domestic altercations with her husband since a jury acquitted him of murder in July — told NBC's "Today" that while she believes the evidence and respects the jury's decision, she now has doubts about Zimmerman's innocence and self-defense testimony.

Credit: NBC

"I think anyone would doubt that innocence because I don't know the person that I've been married to," Shellie Zimmerman said.

She said a "revelation" in her life — specifically the way she said Zimmerman has treated her since his acquittal — "has really helped me take the blinders off and start to see things differently" after seven years of marriage.

Still, she said she does not believe Zimmerman profiled Martin.

George Zimmerman arrives with his wife Shellie on the 11th day of his murder trial, June 24, 2013 in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder for the February 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin but was acquitted in July. (Getty Images)

Responding to an alleged domestic dispute between George and Shellie Zimmerman and her father on Sept. 9, police in Lake May, Fla., drew their weapons on George Zimmerman, ordered him to the ground and handcuffed him.

Zimmerman was briefly detained by police, who questioned him regarding accusations that he threatened his wife and father-in-law with a gun and then released him. Shellie Zimmerman and her father decided not to press charges.

"In hindsight I should've, and I really regret that," she told NBC's Matt Lauer, "but I'm on probation and the officers made it very clear that day if I pressed charges we were all going to go to jail and I would've been the only one to stay there."

Lauer said George Zimmerman's representatives did not comment on his wife's statements.

Watch the interview, via NBC; Shellie Zimmerman's statements regarding her doubts about her husband's innocence begin around the 5:30 mark:

(H/T: Daily Mail)



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