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Zimmerman's Wife Says She Needs to 'Think About' Staying Married

Thursday, 29 Aug 2013 12:26 PM

By Lisa Barron

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Shellie Zimmerman says she's "going to have to think about" whether she stays married to the man who was acquitted of killing black teenager Trayvon Martin.

In an exclusive interview with ABC News Wednesday, Zimmerman said on the evening her husband George shot and killed the 17-year-old youth in February 2012 she was staying at her father's house because the couple had gotten into an argument the night before.

Lawyer: Zimmerman's Wife 'Stood by Her Man,' Pleads to Perjury

The ordeal of the last year and a half, she added, has further strained their relationship, raising questions about their future together.

Zimmerman pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor perjury charge of lying about their income during her husband's bail hearing after his arrest. She was sentenced to a year's probation and 100 hours of community service.

Her husband, who was acquitted of second-degree murder charges in July, was not in the courtroom during her sentencing hearing, and Zimmerman said she felt "very much alone" without him there.

Asked if she and her husband are still together, Zimmerman said, "I'm not going to answer that." But she added that she "wants to have children and stay married."

"With George?" she was asked. "That's something I'm going to have to think about," she replied.

Zimmerman revealed that the couple had spent a year and a half living in hiding while awaiting the start of the murder trial.

"I think we have been pretty much like gypsies. We've 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.

"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," she added.

Zimmerman said she believes her husband's version of the events leading up to the shooting of Martin. But she admitted, "I can't tell you how many times I have laid at night saying God, 'I wish these circumstances had been different.'"

As for the perjury charge against her, Zimmerman said, "I can rationalize a lot of reasons for why I was misleading, but the truth is I knew I was lying. I've made mistakes and I want to own them right now."

Since George Zimmerman's acquittal, he has kept a low profile except for one visit to a Florida gun manufacturer that made the pistol he used to kill Martin. Asked if she thought that was the right thing for her husband to do, Shellie Zimmerman said, "No."

But she added, "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."

Zimmerman also expressed her sorrow for what Trayvon Martin's parents have had to deal with since their son's death.

"If I could speak to them I would say that I'm so deeply sorry for their loss," she said. "I can't' even begin to understand the grief that a parent experiences when they lose a child."

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