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George Zimmerman's wife arrested on perjury charges

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The wife of George Zimmerman -- the former neighborhood watch volunteer charged with murdering Florida teen Trayvon Martin -- was arrested Tuesday and charged with perjury over comments she made at her husband's April bond hearing.

Prosecutors allege Shellie Zimmerman knowingly misled the court about her husband's financial situation, including donations for his defense collected through a website.

The 25-year-old was arrested about 3:30 p.m. and booked in Sanford's John E. Polk Correctional Facility on one count of perjury. Her bond of $1,000 was posted within 90 minutes.

George Zimmerman had his $150,000 bond revoked after prosecutors accused him and his wife of misleading a judge about how much money they had to put up for his bond. He returned to jail on June 3.

Shellie Zimmerman was among several family members who described their financial situation as being dire, leading to a lower bond figure being set.

Now prosecutors allege that in the days before the bond hearing, she transferred about $140,000 out of her husband's bank account, withdrawing some and hiding the rest in her own and relatives' accounts.

Former prosecutor Michael Grieco said authorities had "a pretty strong perjury case," with recorded phone calls between the Zimmermans and records of the bank transactions to be used as evidence.

George Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, said a new bond hearing was set for June 29.

Zimmerman, 28, was charged with second-degree murder in April after he shot and killed the unarmed Martin, a 17-year-old African-American, in a gated community in Sanford on Feb. 26.

He claims the shooting was in self-defense and has pleaded not guilty.

The six-week interval between Martin's death and Zimmerman's arrest sparked nationwide protests, with many claiming the shooting was racially motivated.

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