Jailhouse phone calls made between George Zimmerman and his wife relating to their finances have been released by prosecutors eager to find evidence that would cast doubt on Zimmerman’s credibility in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
Shellie Zimmerman, George Zimmerman’s wife, was arrested last week on a charge of making a false statement. She had informed the court that she had no idea of how much money had been raised through their personal website, but the calls reveal that she and her husband knew that roughly $135,000 had been raised to help pay Zimmerman’s bail, which was $150,000.
During the calls, the Zimmermans discussed how to transfer the money from one account to another. Prosecutors said the calls show how they discussed their finances in code.
Shellie told a bank official that she needed to reset a password so she could log into George’s account. Meanwhile, George was instructing her how to set the new password.
The Zimmermans spoke in code about the accounts like this:
George: If the bond is 50, pay the 15. If it’s more than 15, just pay 10% to a bondsman.
Shellie: You don’t want me to pay $100?
George: I don’t know (Hell no)
Shellie: All right, well just think about it.
George: I will
Shellie: That’s what it’s for.
George: I know.
George Zimmerman is clearly concerned about the safety of his wife, his attorney, and himself in the calls. He instructed his wife to buy three bulletproof vests to protect the three of them, saying: “We need to get on it ASAP, cause you know the, the personally I want you wearing one … as uncomfortable as it is, I want you wearing one.” The Zimmermans and their attorney have all received death threats.