by Frederick Leatherman
Yesterday, the prosecution released a copy of the information charging Shellie Zimmerman with perjury, the supporting affidavit of probable cause, and six recorded jailhouse phone calls between George and Shellie Zimmerman.
I. Shellie Zimmerman’s testimony under oath by telephone at George Zimmerman’s Bail Hearing on April 20, 2012.
A. Direct examination by Mark O’Mara:
After establishing that she and her husband are indigent, he asks
Q: … other major assets that you can liquidate reasonably to assist in coming up with money for a bond?
A: None that I know of.
Q: I have discussed with you the pending motion to have your husband George Zimmerman declared indigent for cost, have I not?
A: Yes, you have.
Q: And is — are you of any financial means where you can assist in those costs?
A: Uhm, not that I am aware of.
Q: I understand that you do have other family members present with you, and I’ll ask some more questions of them, but have you had discussions with them of at least trying to pull together some funds to accomplish a bond?
A: We have discussed that.
A: — trying to pull together the members of the family to scrape up anything that we can possibly can.
B. Cross examination by Bernardo de la Rionda
Q: And you mentioned also, in terms of the ability of your husband to make a bond amount, that you all had no money, is that correct?
A: To my knowledge, that is correct.
Q: Were you aware of the website that Mr. Zimmerman or somebody on his behalf created?
A: I’m aware of that website.
Q: How much money is in that website right now? How much money as a result of that website was –
A: Currently, I do not know.
Q: Do you have any estimate as to how much money has already been obtained or collected?
A: I do not.
II. Shellie Zimmerman’s money transfers from her account to George Zimmerman’s account from April 16 to April 19, 2012, a four-day period ending the day before the hearing.
$9,990 (X 4) = $39,960
$9,999 (X 2) = $19,998
$7,500 (X 2) = $15,000
More than $47,000 was transferred from George Zimmerman’s account into his sister’s account during the period April 16 through April 19, 2012.
III. On April 24, 2012 (four days after the hearing), Shellie Zimmerman transferred $85,500 from her account into George Zimmerman’s account. She had previously transferred that money from the Paypal account into her own account.
Total Transferred before and after the hearing: $160,458
IV. Recorded Jailhouse Conversations
The prosecution released six of the 155 recorded telephone conversations. The balance of the recorded conversations have been withheld pending the outcome of a motion by Mark O’Mara, who claims they are not relevant to the case.
The conversations contain coded references to the Paypal account as “Peter Pan” and amounts are referred in a primitive code where dollar amounts are really 10,000 times greater, as you can see below. George Zimmerman gives the orders and Shellie Zimmerman carries them out. For example, he instructs her how to access the accounts, how to make the transfers, and how much to transfer. He also tells her what bills to pay and checks back later to make sure she did it.
April 16, 2012 @ 2:26 pm
GZ: In my account do I have at least $100?
GZ: How close am I?
SZ: There’s like $8. $8.60
GZ: So total everything, how much are we looking at?
SZ: Uhm, like $155
The actual sum on that date was $155,000
There is no defense to the perjury charge and I am surprised that the prosecution did not also charge George Zimmerman with perjury as an aider and abettor.