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Zimmerman's wife pleads not guilty to perjury

CHARGED: Shellie Zimmerman

THE WIFE of the neighbourhood watchman who fatally shot black teen, Trayvon Martin, has pleaded not guilty to perjury charges made against her.

Prosecutors claimed Shellie Zimmerman 'deceived the court' during the bond hearing last month, when it was revealed that $135,000 was raised from a donation website set up by her husband George.

At the hearing, Mrs Zimmerman testified that the couple had 'limited funds for bail' because she was a full-time student and her husband, who has been charged with second-degree murder, is unemployed.

It has also been reported that an arrest affidavit for Shellie said that in April she transferred more than $85,500 into her husband’s account, without informing a judge.

Her attorney Kelly Sims entered the written plea Friday and also waived Zimmerman's right to appear in court.

CONTROVERSIAL: George Zimmerman

George Zimmerman, who has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in Martin's shooting, was initially granted $150,000 bond and released, but a judge revoked that bond last month after prosecutors argued that the 28-year-old and his wife lied about money raised from their donation website.

He has since been freed on a new $1 million bond.

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