George Zimmerman’s wife Shellie now has doubts about her husband’s innocence in the killing of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin in Florida last year. Shellie said in an interview on the Today show Thursday, that during a domestic dispute earlier this month, George Zimmerman baited her father to come closer to him. She also said he was making it appear he was reaching inside his shirt for a gun.
Shellie told NBC’s Matt Lauer that she thinks anyone would have her doubts over George’s innocence, “because I don’t know the person that I’ve been married to”.
When pressed further as to whether she now doubts George Zimmerman acted in self-defense, when he shot and killed Trayvon Martin, her response was that she’s conflicted.
Shellie Zimmerman said she saw a look in George’s eyes she’s never seen before. When she called the police, her voice can be heard telling the 911 operator, “I don’t know what he’s capable of”.
A fight broke out between George and Shellie’s father David Dean, as she was attempting to remove some of her belongings from the couple’s Lake Mary home on Sept. 9.
Shellie, who was recording events on her iPad at the time, said George grabbed her device and smashed it on his leg. He then allegedly pulled out a pocket knife and dismantled it completely.
Dean claimed George punched him in the face, but Zimmerman said Dean was the aggressor. When police arrived, Shellie told them that during the argument, George put his hand into his shirt to reach for what she assumed was a gun.
Witness Eugene Johnson also told police he saw George very aggressively reach for what he also thought was a gun, telling Dean, “Come towards me, you are threatening me”.
Shellie said Zimmerman’s shirt was halfway unbuttoned, and he was putting his hand inside it saying, “Please step closer, please step closer”. She said she just logically assumed he was carrying a gun on him.
However, no one at the scene reported ever seeing an actual gun, and no weapon was recovered on George’s person, according to police accounts.
If Shellie, Dean and Johnson’s accounts of the events that day are indeed accurate though, it would seem to show George Zimmerman thinks he can continue to stand his ground.
Authorities were unable to recover any video evidence from Shellie’s smashed iPad. However, surveillance video did show George dismantling the device.
Which begs the question, what reason would George have to destroy video of the events?