George Zimmerman Jailhouse Phone Calls Released; Wife Told to Move Money, Buy Bulletproof Vest

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Audio recordings from phone calls George Zimmerman made in jail in April were released on Monday by prosecutors in the Trayvon Martin case.

The six conversations are part of the state's evidence alleging that he and his wife, Shellie Zimmerman, misled the court during his April bond hearing.

The former neighborhood watch volunteer is charged with killing 17-year-old Martin in February. Zimmerman said he shot Trayvon in self defense.

A judge released him on $150,000 bond after the couple testified they had little money. But the calls recorded after his arrest tell a different story.

Zimmerman is heard coaching his wife and sister on moving tens of thousands of dollars donated to his legal defense fund to another account.

During one jailhouse conversation, George Zimmerman tells his wife how much it means to him that strangers were donating to his PayPal account.

"Ah man, that feels good," he said. Prosecutors say the phone calls are proof the Zimmermans had access to nearly $130,000 when he was freed.

After his wife was able to transfer funds, Zimmerman told her to pay off nearly all their bills and to buy bulletproof vests for her, him and his attorney.

"We need to get on it ASAP, cause you know ... personally, I want you wearing one," Zimmerman said from the Seminole County (Florida) Jail.

"OK," she replied.

"As uncomfortable as it is, I want you wearing one," he said.

Zimmerman, who was wearing a vest back when he was released on bond, also discusses a possible escape route and renting two cars to throw off the media, possibly driving into a hotel with an attached garage or heading to an airport to fly to "heaven."

In one conversation as the two are planning a possible escape route, Zimmerman talks about going to a hotel like the Western he stayed at in Tampa, and that if he is in a car he could wear "his hoodie" and lie down as they are driving away.

Zimmerman was ordered back to jail earlier in June when the judge learned of the money from the defense fund. His wife was arrested and charged with perjury related to her testimony about the family's finances.

Zimmerman's attorney Mark O'Mara has said repeatedly that the couple was not deceptively trying to withhold information from the courts.

They were merely concerned for their safety and unclear about whether he could even use the money yet, and thus whether to report it.

The couple show their affection for each other throughout the calls, to be sure, as George Zimmerman warns his wife repeatedly to stay safe.

He will seek to be re-released on bond, however unlikely that is.


Mesai,nigger please,i m proud to be black.nice and dark but i dont believe race should have been mention.Its pointless and a sellout for our community.


I consider him more mexican than white. She did not exactly say they have killed, but he is smart for wearing a bulletproof vest because the black panthers and their idiot followers are bound to eventually do anything. They are taking the issue a little to far. Who are you to say Zimmerman is guilty? I know myself that I do not know the whole truth, so I don't go saying I believe he is innocent or guilty. I honestly feel it makes you look like a fool blaming anyone now because no one but Zimmerman knows what really happened. The media blew everything up and made a lot of false remarks and changed evidence to favor a certain side. When it comes time for court, and I see hard facts and evidence, then I MIGHT pick a side..but even after evidence is presented you still never know if its all true. NEVER trust the media!


Mesai, it's a fact that the black panthers had a price on Zimmermans head. Like it or hate it but own it. Not racist, factual.


Ronald, I'm African too and you're definitely one of those self-hating sell out Africans so shut up about "our people" cuz you're definitely would've been one of those Africans selling your own people into slaver. And Donna, one question..HOW MANY WHITE PEOPLE HAVE THESE NEW BLACK PANTHERS KILLED...I'll wait....NONE you idiot. That's cuz there's about 10 of them & they don't even take themselves seriously. Stop living in fear of every person of color you bigoted, murder-defending racist pig. Zimmerman swindled idiots like you into paying off his walmart & credit card bills and you're too stupid to see it.


the 'race card' is always used because we live in a racist america, reverse racism is abundant as well.


With the way you type, i'd hope not. I agree with your point, but not to sure about writing for the Washington Post.


Oh yes of course Zimmerman looks like a tool. He is his own worst enemy. He was concerned for his wife. He is defeated with the black panthers just waiting.....who the heck wouldn't want a bulletproof vest and getaway plan. They will stop at nothing! So what Zimmerman was pleased about the money, it means there are some that think he's innocent.


@Ronald Will your article be a regular journalist one or in the Letters to the Editor??


I Don`t Think He`s Racist But I Do Think He Took Advantage Tre`von& He Didn`t Know It Would Come Back& Bite Him In The Ass


courtney,ill be doing article about using the racecard soon in Washington post hope u read it.

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