Shellie Zimmerman Interview: Wife Has Doubts About George Zimmerman’s Innocence

September 26, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Shellie Zimmerman, George Zimmerman’s wife, said in a new interview that she thinks George changed after the not guilty verdict.

“After standing by him, he kind of left and I guess kind of went on a victory tour without me,” Zimmerman said in the interview with NBC. “I thought I was living a life with him and that we were going to kind of rebuild after all this, and he had other plans for me.”

Shellie also referenced the recent situation where George was nearly arrested at her parent’s house.

Shellie said she believes that George had a gun on him, a claim that was at one point supported by police but later became disputed, even though she didn’t see one.

“I didn’t see a gun, but I know my husband,” she said. “I saw him in a stance and a look in his eyes that I’ve never seen before. His shirt was half-way unbuttoned and he was putting his hand in his shirt and saying, ‘Please step closer, please step closer.’ So I think that just logically I assumed he had a gun on him.”

Shellie and her father didn’t press charges against George, despite George allegedly punching her father. Shellie and George are in the midst of divorce proceedings.

Shellie said she regrets not filing charges. 

“In hindsight I should’ve, and I really regret that, 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,” she said.

George was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the killing of Trayvon Martin in 2012, which Zimmerman says was in self-defense, earlier this year

Because of all that has transpired after the trial, Shellie says that she has doubts about George’s innocence.

“I’m conflicted on that,” she said. “I believe the evidence, but this revelation in my life has really helped me take the blinders off and start to see things differently.”

“I think anyone would doubt that innocence because I don’t know the person that I’ve been married to,” she said. “I have doubts, but I also believe the evidence.” 

She still believes that George did not profile Martin, a black teenager, though. 

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