Shellie Zimmerman was facing five years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines. Yet her husband George Zimmerman was nowhere in sight.
The huge no show didn't escape the media or Shellie Zimmerman's attorney Kelly Sims.
"That's an excellent question," Sims answered with an air sarcasm, not hiding his disappointment that George wasn't there to support his wife on a perjury charge.
But she was there almost every day of his high profile trial that had the whole world watching.
Could their relationship be turning frosty? In the moments following her husband's acquittal, Shellie was seen hugging several people in the courtroom, but not her husband.
And as he walked out of court a free man, he walked right past his wife.
In court Wednesday, Shellie Zimmerman pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor perjury charge and avoided jail time.
Her attorney says Shellie admits lying to a judge about their financial situation during a bond hearing for her husband last year.
"She's accepting responsibility. God Bless her, she is a good person," Sims said.
But Assistant State Prosecutor John Guy says the big reason Shellie came clean was to save her budding career.
"Her pursuit of her nursing career played a huge role in this," Guy said.
Sims says his client is genuinely remorseful, and he doesn't miss out on throwing one last barb at George Zimmerman by suggesting Shellie was simply trying to protect her husband and didn't know any better.
"She wasn't prepped that she was going to be talking about money on the day she came in. She had no idea she was calling from a phone, she was scared. Her husband is locked up, she didn't know what was going on, so she stood by her man like Tammy Wynette says, and she probably shouldn't have," Sims said.
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