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Trayvon Martin Case: Shellie Zimmerman, wife of George Zimmerman, won't appear in court to be arraigned on perjury charge

Shellie Zimmerman is seen June 12, 2012, in this picture released by the Seminole County Sheriff's Office.
Shellie Zimmerman, June 12, 2012 CBS/AP Photo/Seminole County Sheriff's Office

(CBS/WKMG) SANFORD, Fla. - The wife of George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, will not appear in court to be arraigned on a perjury charge, reports CBS affiliate WKMG.

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Shellie Zimmerman's attorney, Kelly Sims, filed a written not guilty plea on Friday. Sims also filed a waiver for her client to not appear at her 1:30 p.m. arraignment, according to the state attorney's office.

Shellie Zimmerman was arrested and charged on June 12 with one count of perjury. Judge Kenneth Lester ruled that she lied about her and her husband George Zimmerman's finances during a bond hearing.

George Zimmerman is charged with fatally shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford on Feb. 26. George Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder, claiming self-defense.

Before her husband's initial bond hearing on April 20, prosecutors allege - and Zimmerman's lawyer Mark O'Mara has acknowledged - that he and his wife spoke in code by phone when discussing their available funds, reports WKMG.

At the hearing, Shellie Zimmerman was asked whether the couple had financial means to assist in her husband's defense.

"Uhm, not -- not that I'm aware of," she replied, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Judge Lester granted her husband bond in the amount of $150,000, which he posted. Four days later Shellie Zimmerman transferred more than $85,500 from her account back to George Zimmerman's account, according to the affidavit.

Lester revoked George Zimmerman's bond last month after state attorneys argued that both George Zimmerman and his wife had lied about money raised from a website.

George Zimmerman has since been freed again on a new $1 million bond.

Lester is also expected to rule sometime this week on Zimmerman's request for a new judge.

Complete coverage of the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin case on Crimesider

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