George Zimmerman's wife: He's a 'ticking time bomb'

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George Zimmerman's wife: He's a 'ticking time bomb'

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George Zimmerman’s estranged wife told ABC’s Katie Couric Thursday that she doesn’t know who Zimmerman is anymore and described him as a “ticking time bomb.”


“I certainly hope there are no casualties... I know I am certainly afraid. I hope that he can get maybe the help he needs to deal with his situation and that no one else will be hurt,” Shellie Zimmerman said during an interview that aired on Couric's talk show, "Katie."


HLN reached out to Zimmerman's public defender for a comment on Shellie Zimmerman's statements on ABC, but the calls were not immediately returned.


Shellie Zimmerman also said she believes that George Zimmerman’s recent actions cast more doubt on his version of the events that took place the night in 2012 that 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed, but she stopped short of saying she thought her estranged husband was guilty of murdering the teen. Zimmerman was acquitted in July of all charged relating to Martin's death.


Shellie Zimmerman said Thursday that she had thought George Zimmerman was a nonviolent person, but her opinion has started to change.


"I think he unraveled after the trial. I think, obviously there was the prior domestic dispute with his ex-fiancee. So I think he may have had that potential all along. But certainly we're hearing about more now. He had never assaulted me before, like he did during our domestic dispute," Shellie Zimmerman said.


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Shellie Zimmerman's attorneys served George Zimmerman divorce papers in jail Monday after he was arrested for allegedly pulling a shotgun on his girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe. It is unclear if he signed the papers. The Zimmermans have been married for more than five years, according to statements Shellie Zimmerman made in court last year.


“Leaving him was the best thing I have ever done,” Shellie Zimmerman told Couric. “I am finding myself again in ways that I never knew that I would. You know when you are married to a person who is manipulative and emotionally abusive, you start to lose yourself and your identity in that relationship.”


George Zimmerman’s latest run-in with the law came days after investigators released a report saying no charges would result from an alleged domestic dispute on September 9 between the former neighborhood watch captain and his estranged wife.


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The alleged dispute in September occurred shortly after Shellie Zimmerman filed for divorce.


George Zimmerman has had several scrapes with the law since his acquittal in Martin's death. He was pulled over in Forney, Texas, in July and told the police officer he had a concealed weapon permit and a gun in his glove compartment. The officer wrote on his incident report that he let Zimmerman off with a verbal warning.


Then, Zimmerman was pulled over on August 19, because the window tint on his car was too dark, according to police records obtained by HLN.


Zimmerman was pulled over again in early September for going 60 in a 45 mph zone in Lake Mary, Florida, and he received a $256 ticket. He was not carrying a weapon at the time.


In August, Zimmerman stirred up controversy by visiting a Florida gun manufacturer, Kal-Tec, TMZ reported. That company makes the gun that Zimmerman used to shoot Martin.


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