It all seems like too little, too late now. But I’m still fascinated by the fact that Shellie Zimmerman seems to just be waking up to the fact that her husband George Zimmerman could have possibly killed Trayvon Martin not out of self defense but because he’s mentally and emotionally unstable.
In an interview this morning on “Today,” Shellie Zimmerman talks to Matt Lauer about how the recent altercation with George seemed to change her perception about what could have possibly happened the night Trayvon Martin was killed.
As we know, on September 5, Shellie filed for divorce from her husband. And then just four days later, George showed up at Shellie’s father’s house and threatened both she and his father-in-law. In her 911 call Shellie explained that she believed her husband had a gun and that she didn’t know what he was capable of.
Can we just stick a pin in the story for a minute? I need to ask Shellie a question: Honey, what do you mean you don’t know what George is capable of? He’s capable of killing an innocent child. That was never in question. In all fairness though, it feels a little bit different when your husband kills a stranger than him threatening you and your father. But back to the interview.
She said that while she didn’t actually see a gun in George’s hand, she knows her husband: “But I know my husband… I saw him in a stance — and a look in his eyes that I’ve never seen before, and he was putting his hand in his shirt, and saying, ‘Please step closer. Please step closer.’ I logically assumed he had a gun on him.”
And then in a conflicting statement she said, ” This person that I’m married to, that I’m divorcing, I’ve kind of realized now that I don’t know him.”
And then Matt asked her what we were all wondering, why didn’t she press charges. She explained that when the police arrived, they made it very clear that if she were to press charges, they all would be arrested; and since she’s still on probation, should would be the only one to stay in jail. I can’t say I would have done anything differently. But Shellie did say she regretted not pressing charges.
Matt Lauer then drilled in, reminding Shellie how much she had supported George throughout this whole ordeal, from lying under oath, to being in the court room to crying tears of joy when he was acquitted. Then he asked her had he really changed all that much in the two months since the trial ended to make her want to divorce him. She responded: “Yes. He has. He kind of treated me like I was disposable. He left, and went on a victory tour without me.”
Hopefully, she’s more disturbed by the fact that he went on a victory tour after killing a child and not the fact that he didn’t ask her to come along.
In the most compelling part of the interview, Matt Lauer asked her whether or not her recent interaction with her husband has changed her thoughts about her husband’s version of events the night he killed Trayvon.
She said: “I’m conflicted on that. I believe the evidence, but this revelation in my life has really helped me to take the blinders off and start to see things differently.”
And then just to be clear, Lauer asked again: “Let me make sure I understand. So you now doubt his innocence, at least the fact that he was acting on self-defense on the night that Trayvon Martin was killed?”
She said: “I think anyone would doubt that innocence because I don’t know the person that I have been married to.”
Are you glad that Shellie is finally seeing what we’ve known all along or do you just find her comments to be annoying at this point?
You can watch the interview on the next page.