US prosecutors have presented some evidence that proves George Zimmerman, the murderer of Florida black teen Trayvon Martin, and his wife Shellie Zimmerman lied to the court.
On Monday, the prosecutors made available jailhouse audio-tapes of conversations between Zimmerman and his wife, which detailed how they discussed, in code, transferring money from Zimmerman’s bank account into his wife’s and his sister's. The money could play a determining role in his second bond hearing next week.
Prosecutors alleged a total of USD 47,000 was transferred from Zimmerman's account to his sister's account from April 16 and 17, and that Shellie Zimmerman transferred more than USD 74,000 from her husband's account to her own account between April 16 and April 19.
The tapes also provided some clues about the hideouts of Zimmerman and his wife. In one call, his wife says she passed by the courthouse and that it was full of news vans.
Transcripts also showed that Zimmerman told his wife to buy bulletproof vests for them and for his attorney. His attorney, Mark O'Mara, has reported receiving threats.
"As uncomfortable as it is, I want you wearing one," George Zimmerman told his wife.
On June 12, Shellie Zimmerman was arrested and charged with perjury for knowingly making false statements during her husband's bond hearing in April. She was later released from jail after posting bond.
George Zimmerman was granted a USD 150,000 bond at that hearing and released.
His bond was revoked earlier this month and he was sent back to jail after the judge said that both Zimmerman and his wife misled the court about their finances, especially about the money raised from a website soliciting cash for George Zimmerman's defense in the shooting death of the unarmed African-American teenager in Sanford, Florida, on February 26.