The wife of George Zimmerman filed for divorce on Thursday, her lawyer said, less than two months after Zimmerman was acquitted of murder in the shooting of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida.
Shellie Zimmerman, 26, sought the divorce after she said last week in an interview with ABC News that the trial had strained their marriage of six years.
Her lawyer, Kelly Sims, did not specify the reason for the divorce in an email, and a Seminole County Court clerk in central Florida said she had not seen any filing yet.
“Shellie has, indeed, filed a petition for dissolution of marriage in Seminole County this afternoon,” Sims said.
The Orlando Sentinel reported that it had obtained a copy of the divorce petition, and that Shellie Zimmerman was seeking custody of the couple’s two dogs plus “equitable distribution” of the couple’s assets and debts.
She listed her assets at US$12,729 and debts at US$103,756, mostly from school loans, an auto loan and credit card bills, the newspaper said.
Zimmerman was acquitted in July for killing 17-year-old Martin as he walked back to the townhouse where he was staying after buying snacks at a nearby convenience store.
John Donnelly, a family friend who testified in George Zimmerman’s defence at his trial, told Reuters that Shellie was “devastated” when her husband “just packed up and left” after his acquittal and was gone for a month without telling anyone his whereabouts.
Shellie had lost touch with him and had grown increasingly upset, Donnelly said. Donnelly added that he and his wife had been taking Shellie to dinner and a movie weekly since the acquittal.
A spokesman for George Zimmerman’s lawyer declined to comment and it was unclear whether Zimmerman had been served with divorce papers.