The jailhouse phone calls between George Zimmerman and his wife which led to Zimmerman's bond getting revoked and his wife's arrest on a perjury charges were released Monday. In the calls, he tells his wife he wants her to wear a bulletproof vest.
The jailhouse phone calls between George Zimmerman and his wife which led to Zimmerman's bond getting revoked and his wife's arrest on a perjury charges were released Monday.
The six calls were recorded at the Seminole County Jail in the days after Zimmerman was arrested in the shooting of Miami Gardens teen Trayvon Martin, and concern everything from getting bulletproof vests for the couple to how to get access to money.
Zimmerman, 28, has been charged with second degree murder in the Feb. 26 shooting of 17-year-old Martin in a gated community in Sanford. He has pleaded not guilty and claims the shooting was self-defense.
He remains behind bars at the Seminole County Jail following a hearing earlier this month in which Judge Kenneth Lester revoked his bond, which had been set at $150,000, claiming Zimmerman misled Lester and prosecutors about his finances and passport.
Prosecutors say the calls show the couple knew they had some $135,000 that had been raised through his website.
In a call from April 15, Zimmerman and his wife discuss transferring money.
"I'm trying to think, cause you're gonna take out $10 and put it, and keep it with you, in cash, right?" Zimmerman says.
"Well, yeah like nine," Shellie Zimmerman replies.
"Right. Um. Let's just say about $10. I'm wondering, you have more than $10, right?" he asks.
"Not with me," she says
"You don't have access to more than $10?" he says.
"I do. I have access to, yeah," she replies.
The couple's bank statements, which were also released Monday, show several transfers from a PayPal account to their credit union around the same time. Many of the transfers are for just under $10,000.
During a later bond hearing, Shellie Zimmerman testified she didn't know how much money had been raised. Last week, she was arrested on one count of perjury related to the disclosure of the funds. She later bonded out of jail.
Many of the conversations deal with the transfer of money and setting up accounts, but the couple also discusses going forward with his defense.
"My dad's really confident about everything, I don't know what was said in that meeting but my dad seemed very, very confident," Zimmerman says in the April 15 call.
"Yeah, everyone is. You should be too. Trust me. Yeah, I don't wanna talk about it but, so trust me. The least I talk about it you should know the better," Shellie Zimmerman says, adding that his attorney, Mark O'Mara, is "amazing."
"Yeah, he is, he's pretty cool," Zimmerman says.
"Like he is doing, what's best for you," she replies.
"Good," he says.
"Yep, what's best for justice," she says.
"Good, that's all I ask."
In the first call, recorded the day after Zimmerman's arrest on April 12, the couple discusses the public support Zimmerman had been getting.
"He said people were just trying to give you, you know, words of support and kindness," Shellie Zimmerman says, talking about her husband's website's visits.
"Good, wow, that is awesome," Zimmerman says, adding that he wants them to speak with his attorney, O'Mara. "They need to, and to talk to uh, O'Mara about getting the word out because I mean those people need to start vocalizing themselves."
Later in the April 12 call, Shellie Zimmerman reassures her husband.
"After this, we go over, you're gonna be able to just, have a great life," she says.
"We will," he responds.
"Yeah, we will," she says.
When she tells him she wishes he was with her, Zimmerman says he will be.
"I know you will be, I know it, like I visualize you walking through that door," Shellie Zimmerman says.
"I will be," he replies.
"I know you will be. This, isn't that crazy how something like this just makes you, like put everything in perspective in life?" she asks.
"Yep," he replies.
"It's-it's amazing how insignificant the things that we stress out over are," she says.
"It's, it's amazing," she says.
"I know. I agree."
"But what it has really showed me is just to even, be so grateful even for this, I know it sounds crazy but for me I'm so grateful to even talk to you," she says.
"Yeah," he says.
"To even know you're alive."
The two also discuss Zimmerman taking antidepressants, and at one point she chuckles when she tells him she's looking at him on TV.
Zimmerman also discusses being in jail, taking showers and another inmate whose clothes were taken. He also warns his wife about being discreet when meeting with a landlord, to avoid the media.
"I would just be very careful about telling them when you're coming back or when you're, you know, anything like that," he says in a call from April 16.
"Yeah, we haven't, we didn't," she replies.
"Because they can call the media in a heartbeat," Zimmerman says.
In another call, also from April 16, he inquires about the media coverage.
"So any new rumors out there about me?" he asks.
Another concern for Zimmerman is getting bulletproof vests for he, his wife, and O'Mara.
"Have you looked into the vest anymore?" he asks her, in another call from April 16. "We need to get on it ASAP, cause you know, the, the personally I want you wearing one."
"Okay," she replies.
"As uncomfortable as it is, I want you wearing one," he insists.
In the last call, from April 17, the couple again discusses security if he's able to post bond, about how he'll leave the jail in an SUV and cover himself.
"'Cause you could always like lay down or something," she tells him.
"Yeah, exactly. Well, I have my hoodie," he replies.
In one call, Zimmerman discusses the positive letters he's received.
"Well, let me tell you, all, all morning online we have been reading so many positive, um, websites dedicated to a, a more true narrative to you," Shellie Zimmerman says.
In one of the April 16th calls, she reassures her husband that he's a role model.
"You're special and amazing role model to people honey," she says.
"Hmm, I wish, I wish I were," he replies.
"You are, you are."
Three new documents were released by the Seminole County court Monday, including motions from O'Mara in which he asks that the 145 jail calls by George Zimmerman that are still under seal not be released, NBC News reported. O'Mara also requested that Judge Lester reconsider his order from last week to allow the release of a second statement by "Witness #9," according to NBC News.
Zimmerman's legal team said in a posting on its website gzlegalcase.com on Monday that its phone call motion contends that the remaining 145 calls are irrelevant to the charges against him, and could jeopardize his friends and family.
A hearing over the remaining jail calls is scheduled for June 29, at the same time Zimmerman is due to have a new bond hearing.
Several other pieces of evidence, including documents, surveillance video and crime scene photos, are expected to be released in the coming weeks.