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The Marriage of Shellie Dean and George Zimmerman


George and Shellie Zimmerman

Shellie Zimmerman is seen in a police mug shot June 12, 2012 in Sanford, Florida. George Zimmerman poses for a mugshot photo after his bond was revoked because of allegedly misleading the court about his finances June 3, 2012 in Sanford, Florida.

Photo: The Seminole County Sheriff's Office via Getty Images

Although money problems have troubled George and Shellie Zimmerman's marriage, their relationship ended in November 2013 when he was served with divorce papers.

George faced the possibility of life in prison if he was convicted of second degree murder in the shooting at the Retreat at Twin Lakes in Sanford, Florida of Trayvon Martin. In August 2013, Shellie pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor perjury charge and received a sentence of one year probation.

News Updates:

11/19/2013: Shellie Zimmerman was finally able to serve George with a petition for divorce after he was arrested in Florida for allegedly using a gun to threaten his girlfriend.

9/10/2013: George Zimmerman could face charges involving domestic violence issues after he threatened Shellie Zimmerman's father and battered him. Shellie Zimmerman 911 Call 

9/05/2013: After separating August 13, 2013, Shellie Zimmerman filed for divorce on September 5, 2013. Read more ...

Scroll Down for Updates and Timeline of Shellie and George Zimmerman's Legal Issues


George Michael Zimmerman: October 5, 1983 in Manassas, Virginia.

Shellie Nicole Dean: Abt. 1987 in Longwood, Florida.

Wedding Date:

George and Shellie were married on November 17, 2007 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Their wedding was officiated by a close friend, Sondra Osterman.


Shellie and George do not have any children.


George: Insurance-fraud investigator, mortgage risk-management company employee.

Shellie: Nursing student, licensed cosmetologist.


Since 2009, George and Shellie lived at a gated community near Orlando, The Retreat at Twin Lakes in Sanford, Florida. After the shooting incident, George went into hiding.

Vivian Kuo: "Of the $204,000 raised by the website, about $150,000 is now in the defense fund and $30,000 was used 'to make the complicated transition from private life in Sanford, Florida, to a life in hiding as a defendant in a high-profile court case.'"
Source: Vivian Kuo. "Zimmerman's wife arrested, accused of perjury." CNN.com. 6/12/2012.

Quotes About the Marriage of Shellie and George Zimmerman:

Shellie: "I stood by my husband through everything and I kind of feel like he left me with a bunch of broken glass that I'm supposed to now assemble and make a life…It's just heartbreaking ... I have a selfish husband. And I think George is all about George ... I think I'm realizing that I have been married to a person for almost seven years, and I don't think that I ever really knew him at all."
Source: Seni Tienabeso. "George Zimmerman's Wife Says He Is 'Selfish,' Feels 'Invincible.'"
ABCNews.go.com. 9/06/2013.

Rene Stutzman: "... acquaintances described her as respectful, polite and a good match for Zimmerman ..."
Source: Rene Stutzman. Shellie and George Zimmerman: Family finances were a problem." OrlandoSentinel.com. 6/13/2012.

Shellie: "He's [George] absolutely not a violent person or a threat to the community."
Source: Matt Gutman, Seni Tienabeso, Ben Forer. "George Zimmerman Tells Trayvon Martin's Parents 'I Am Sorry.'" ABCNews.go.com. 4/20/2012.


Timeline of Shellie and George Zimmerman's Legal Issues:

2/26/2012: Trayvon Martin shot by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida.

3/14/2012: Zimmerman file turned over to the state attorney.

3/19/2012: Investigation into Martin's death started by the Justice Department.

4/11/2012: Zimmerman charged with second-degree murder. He turned himself in.

4/12/2012: Zimmerman's first court appearance.

4/20/2012: Florida Circuit Judge Kenneth R. Lester, Jr. set $150,000 bond for Zimmerman. Zimmerman apologized to Trayvon Martin's parents.

4/22/2012: George Zimmerman released on $150,000 bail. He was required to wear an electronic monitoring device, adhere to an evening curfew, not allowed to possess a gun or consume alcohol, and he had to turn in his passport.

5/08/2012: A "not guilty" plea to the 2nd degree murder charge entered by George Zimmerman's attorney in the Trayvon Martin case.

6/01/2012: George Zimmerman's bond revoked.

Matt Gutman: "Prosecutors had filed a motion today to revoke his bond, accusing Zimmerman of "deceiving" the court about his finances, even going so far as to discuss it in code words with his wife, and his possession of a second passport, which he apparently acquired two weeks after the shooting."
Source: Matt Gutman, Seni Tienabeso. "George Zimmerman's Bond Revoked." ABCNews.go.com. 6/01/2012.
Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester: "They were well aware of the money available [approximately $135,000]. "Mr. Zimmerman can't sit back and let his wife testify falsely … nor can he allow his attorney to stand up and make misrepresentations."
Source: Yamiche Alcindor, Marisol Bello. "Zimmerman's bail revoked." USAToday.com. 6/01/2012.

6/03/2012: Zimmerman surrendered to police and booked into jail.

6/11/2012: Judge Lester listed concerns and reasons for reconsidering George Zimmerman's bond.

Judge Kenneth Lester: "It is apparent that Shelly Zimmerman testified untruthfully at the bond hearing ... There are several factors that weigh against [George Zimmerman's] release: this is a serious charge for which life may be imposed; the evidence against him is strong; he has been charged with one prior crime, for which he went through a pre-trial diversion program, and has had an injunction filed against him. More importantly, though is the fact he has now demonstrated that he does not properly respect the law or the integrity of the judicial process."
Source: Circuit Court for the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, Seminole County, Florida. "Order Revoking Bond." FlCourts18.org. 6/11/2012.

6/12/2012: Charged with one count of perjury, Shellie Zimmerman was arrested. [Copy of Complaint] Her arraignment was set for July 31, 2012 and she posted a $1,000 bond. Madison Gray of Time.com reported "If found guilty, she faces a $5,000 fine and up to five years in prison." Records show several transfers of funds from George's account to hers which according to Jeffrey Neiman "may have run afoul of several federal statutes."

7/05/2012: Calling George Zimmerman a manipulator, Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester set a bond for Zimmerman at $1 million.

Judge Lester: "Notably, together with the passport, the money only had to be hidden for a short time for him to leave the country if the defendant made a quick decision to flee. It is entirely reasonable for this court to find that, but for the requirement that he be placed on electronic monitoring, the defendant and his wife would have fled the United States with at least $130,000 of other people's money."
Source: Rene Stutzman. "Judge: George Zimmerman's new bond: $1 million." OrlandoSentinel.com. 7/05/2012.

7/06/2012: George Zimmerman was released from prison after posting a $1 million bond. Before leaving prison, he was fitted for an electronic monitoring device. He can not go near the Orlando-Sanford International Airport, open a bank account, or drink alcohol and he must remain in Seminole County. More release conditions placed on Zimmerman.

6/10/2013: Jury selection in the Zimmerman trial began.

6/24/2013: The trial for George Zimmerman started.

7/13/2013: A jury of six women declared George Zimmerman not guilty in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

8/28/2013: In order to receive a sentence of one year of probation, Shellie Zimmerman made a plea deal with Florida prosecutors and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor perjury charge. She "must complete 100 hours of community service and write an apology letter to [Judge] Lester."


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