George Zimmerman's wife files for divorce in Florida, lawyer says

Kevin Gray
6 September 2013
George Zimmerman's wife Shelly, with the family's security guard (L) watches the proceedings on the first day of jury selection in the murder trial of her husband George Zimmerman, who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012, in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Florida, June 10, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Burbank/Pool

By Kevin Gray

MIAMI (Reuters) - The wife of George Zimmerman filed for divorce on Thursday, her lawyer said, less than two months after Zimmerman was acquitted of murder in the shooting of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida.

Shellie Zimmerman, 26, sought the divorce after she said last week in an interview with ABC News that the trial had strained their marriage of six years.

Her lawyer, Kelly Sims, did not specify the reason for the divorce in an email to Reuters, and a Seminole County Court clerk in central Florida said she had not seen any filing yet.

"Shellie has, indeed, filed a petition for dissolution of marriage in Seminole County this afternoon," Sims told Reuters.

He said Shellie Zimmerman was seeking custody of the couple's two dogs plus "equitable distribution" of their assets and debts. The court filing listed her assets at $12,729 and debts at $103,756, mostly from school loans, an auto loan and credit card bills, he said.

"There comes a time when you know you just can't continue living with someone. That time is now for Shellie," Sims said.

Zimmerman was acquitted in July of killing 17-year-old Martin as he walked back to the townhouse where he was staying after buying snacks at a nearby convenience store, ending a case that captivated and polarized the U.S. public on issues of race, gun and self-defense laws.

John Donnelly, a family friend who testified in George Zimmerman's defense at his trial, told Reuters that Shellie was "devastated" when her husband "just packed up and left" after his acquittal and was gone for a month without telling anyone his whereabouts.

Shellie had lost touch with him and had grown increasingly upset, Donnelly said. Donnelly added that he and his wife had been taking Shellie to dinner and a movie weekly since the acquittal.

A spokesman for George Zimmerman's lawyer declined to comment and it was unclear whether Zimmerman had been served with divorce papers.zimmerman

(Additional reporting by Chris Francescani and Jane Sutton; Editing by Lisa Shumaker and Eric Walsh)

What to read next

Drivers Born Between 1953 And 1983 Must Read This

United States drivers who drive less than 50mi/day will be surprised. If you pay more than $50/month for auto insurance, you better read this...

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Home Alarm System

Here are a few things your alarm system can do for you, and some ways you can help your alarm system provide protection.

Heartburn During Pregnancy

Dealing With Pregnancy is Hard Enough. Getting Heartburn While Pregnant is a Pain. Learn What Causes Heartburn During Pregnancy.

Celebrate the Summer of Freedom in Williamsburg

Can a Greater Williamsburg vacation give you the freedom to have fun? Watch a real family find out.

You'll Love This Disney Movie Club Offer!

Get 4 Disney Movies For $1 With Membership. See Details. Exclusive Titles, Merchandise, Offers & Discounts. Plus, Free Shipping On Your Initial Order!