Tapes Reveal Zimmerman Gloating About Donations

He and his wife plot about how to stash cash
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 18, 2012 1:11 PM CDT

(Newser) – Prosecutors release the tapes of six phone conversations George Zimmerman had with his wife while in jail, in which they conspire over how to hide the mountains of cash supporters sent in for his defense. Prosecutors say the couple had access to at least $130,000, the Orlando Sentinel reports. "After all this is over, you're going to be able to have a great life," Shellie Zimmerman gushes in one April call. Zimmerman replies, "We will. … I'm excited."

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In the calls, Zimmerman gives Shellie detailed instructions about how to move money from one account to another, in what prosecutors say was an attempt to deceive the court into believing he was broke and setting a low bail figure. He makes many references to "Peter Pan," an apparent code phrase for PayPal. The two appear confident that he will be exonerated—at one point Shellie calls him a "special and amazing role model." They do not, however, say anything racist or mention Trayvon Martin. (Read more Trayvon Martin stories.)

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