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Zimmermans' Marriage in Trouble, Wife Shellie Tells Interviewer

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Thursday, 29 Aug 2013 02:36 PM

By Clyde Hughes

Shellie Zimmerman, wife of former Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman who was acquitted in the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin in July, said she is "going to have to think about" staying married to her husband.

Despite supporting her husband with her presence during his murder trial, Zimmerman was alone when she pleaded guilty to perjury Wednesday for lying about the couple's finances during her husband's bond hearing.

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During an ABC News interview with investigative journalist Christi O'Connor, Shellie Zimmerman said the shooting death of Martin and the trial put a strain on their marriage. She said they had gotten into an argument the night before the shooting and she was staying somewhere else when the shooting occurred.

"It's difficult to communicate with your spouse when you're under so much scrutiny from both sides and I think we both have been fighting for our own individual struggles to be heard by each other and that's been difficult," Shellie Zimmerman told ABC News.

She said she felt "slightly" hung out to dry when her husband did not stand up for her when she lied to a judge about how much money they had received in donations from outsiders, leading to the perjury charges.

"I can rationalize a lot of reasons for why I was misleading, but the truth is I knew that I was lying," Shellie Zimmerman said to ABC News. "I wish a lot of things were different. I can't tell you how many times I have laid at night saying God, I wish these circumstances had been different."

Husband George Zimmerman raised eyebrows on Aug. 22 when he took a tour at Kel-Tec, a gun manufacturer in Cocoa, Fla., and posed for pictures. Kel-Tec makes the PF-9, the weapon Zimmerman used to kill Martin.

When asked if she thought if the visit showed insensitivity to the shooting, Shellie Zimmerman said, "No. I just think that he's ... been living in a pressure cooker and he is doing and thinking things that none of us can understand right now."

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