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George Zimmerman's prison calls released

9:16 AM, Jun 18, 2012   |    comments
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Florida prosecutors released audio recordings today of six jailhouse phone calls between George Zimmerman and his wife, Shellie, that were used to revoke his bond and to bring perjury charges against her for allegedly lying to the court about their finances.

Zimmerman faces second-degree murder charges over the killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin at a Sanford, Fla., gated community in February. He has pleaded not guilty, claiming self-defense.

Zimmerman was released on $150,000 bond in April, several days after the phone calls took place.

At his bond hearing, Shellie testified that she didn't know how much money had been raised from a website created for his legal defense.

She also testified that they had limited funds because she was in school full time and Zimmerman wasn't working.

Prosecutors say the calls show that both knew that roughly $135,000 had been raised by the site.

Shellie Zimmerman was arrested last week on a charge of making a false statement.

In revoking Zimmerman's bond, the judge said he had "intentionally deceived the court with the assitance of his wife, Shellie Zimmerman. During the jail phone calls both of them spoke in code to hide what they were doing."

The court said Zimmerman "fully controlled and participated in" the transfer of money from a PayPal account to their joint credit union account.

An excerpt from one of six calls between the couple:

ZIMMERMAN: You know what you could do?

SHELLIE: What?

ZIMMERMAN: Um. I'm trying to think, cause you're gonna take out $10 and put it, and keep it with you, in cash, right? So that you, less than (inaudible)

SHELLIE: Well, yeah like nine.

ZIMMERMAN: Right. Um. Let's just say about $10. I'm wondering, you have more than $10, right?

SHELLIE: Not with me.

ZIMMERMAN: You don't have access to more than $10?

SHELLIE: I do. I have access to, yeah.

ZIMMERMAN: In your account?

SHELLIE: Yes

ZIMMERMAN: Right. That's what I'm saying. So if you have more than $10 then you can, maybe that same day, put 10 in hers and she can take the 10 out

SHELLIE: Uh huh

ZIMMERMAN: and put the, so take your 10 out first, to keep in your pocket,

SHELLIE: Uh huh

ZIMMERMAN: and then, at the institution, see if you can, put 10 into hers right away.

SHELLIE: Uh huh

ZIMMERMAN: And see if she can take 10, that 10 out and put it in the, in the box there.

SHELLIE: I thought you wanted me to take 10 out and keep it and then put 10 in the box.

ZIMMERMAN: If you can, but, I'm-I'm thinking that they're not gonna let you do that.

SHELLIE: Um.

ZIMMERMAN: Either way, it'll be fine.

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