By Derek Joy
Black American women took notice when George Zimmerman’s estranged wife, Shellie, filed for divorce.
Questions were asked. Speculation grew. Perceptions took flight. And Zimmerman is headed for even more scrutiny since been acquitted in July on second degree murder and other charges in the killing of Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012.
Now, Zimmerman comes under even more scrutiny since his estranged wife, Shellie, recently filed a divorce petition.
As the drama unfolds some wonder it is the beginning of an unraveling of Zimmerman freedom. Others wonder if he will now get his comeuppance for Martin’s senseless killing.
“She’s telling on him,” said Barbara Felder, of Southwest Miami Dade, when asked her thoughts on the actions of Zimmerman’s wife. “That’s funny.”
Patricia Desmuke, a city of Miami resident, said: “She’s telling the story now. Shame on her.”
Shellie Zimmerman, who recently pled guilty of a misdemeanor perjury charge for lying about the family’s finances during a bail hearing, will serve one year probation and perform 100 hours of community service.
“He’s (Zimmerman) selfish and abusive,” said Sims McCall, a Miami native, who lives in Seminole County, near where Martin was killed. “Well, good for both of them. Maybe the truth will come out now.”
Shellie Zimmerman has said she was not with her husband the night he killed Martin. She said she was at her father’s house because the they had fought the night before.
Among other things, she is asking her husband to pay the premiums on a permanent life insurance policy with her as beneficiary. She also wants a reasonable split of all assets, any settlement in his defamation lawsuit against NBC, while preventing the sale of known and hidden assets.
“Oh, God! I hope she gets it,” said Sandra Stacey Gibbs of Homestead.
It is not clear whether Zimmerman will contest the divorce. He has not responded to the petition. Nor has he reported his income or how he pays his living expenses.
Unlike his previous encounter with a law enforcement officer in Texas who stopped Zimmerman for speeding, he ticketed for speeding in Lake Mary last week.
“Holy hell,” said Marlene Taylor, a healthcare professional who lives in Orange County. “He might end up going to jail.”
For sure, that is the result many hope for as justice for the death of Martin. Others consider this as added reason for the U. S. Justice Department to proceed with prosecuting Zimmerman for violating Martin’s civil rights, maybe even a hate crime.
“I knew this was coming. He got the money, but he doesn’t have her (Shellie Zimmerman). Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned,” said Marguerite Bivins Moseley, a Northwest Miami Dade resident.
There is also the anticipation for what other facts will come to light that were either unknown or suppressed during Zimmerman’s trial.
One certainty thus far is that Zimmerman will remain under scrutiny.