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Nick R. Martin

Nick Martin is an associate editor at TPM in New York City. He came to the site in 2011 as a reporter for TPMMuckraker. Previously, he worked in Arizona, first as a staff reporter for a local newspaper and later as a freelance journalist. He also ran the news blog Heat City. Contact him at nick@talkingpointsmemo.com

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It didn't take an expert cryptographer or even a secret decoder ring to figure out George Zimmerman really wasn't talking about Peter Pan during jailhouse phone calls with his wife in April.

In hushed conversations from a Seminole County, Fla., jail, the man charged with second-degree murder in the killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin was instructing his wife how to transfer huge amounts of money between bank accounts and allegedly out of the gaze of local authorities.

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Prosecutors on Monday morning released audio recordings of six jailhouse phone calls between George Zimmerman and his wife that allegedly prove the couple lied to authorities earlier this year.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. His wife, Shellie Zimmerman, was charged with perjury earlier this month for allegedly lying to the judge when she took the witness stand at a bond hearing in her husband's case in April.

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Florida prosecutors on Monday morning released 34 pages of records detailing large transfers of money that were made to and from George Zimmerman's bank accounts about the time he was charged with murder in the killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.

These records are among the things that led prosecutors to charge Zimmerman's wife with perjury for allegedly lying to the judge in her husband's case. Florida authorities said Shellie Zimmerman lied on the witness stand about how much money was available to pay for her husband's bond. The bank records show George Zimmerman had raised far more money for his defense than he or his family ever let on.

George Zimmerman's Bank Records

Florida prosecutors are scheduled at 10 a.m. ET today to release audio recordings of six jailhouse phone calls that led to a perjury charge earlier this month against George Zimmerman's wife.

Zimmerman is accused of second-degree murder in the killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. His wife, Shellie Zimmerman, was charged with perjury after prosecutors said they uncovered phone calls proving she lied to the judge about how much money she and her husband had available to pay for a bond.

George Zimmerman, the man charged with murder in the killing of unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, says he's worried for his wife's safety because her mugshot was plastered throughout the media following her arrest on Tuesday.

Zimmerman's lawyer told ABC News that he visited his client in jail on Tuesday night after the arrest of Shellie Zimmerman, who had been charged with lying to the judge in her husband's case. There, George Zimmerman told him about the concerns.

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The judge in the murder case against George Zimmerman on Wednesday ordered numerous pieces of evidence, including Trayvon Martin's autopsy report and photos of the killing scene, to be released to the public despite arguments by both prosecutors and defense attorneys that they remain secret. Zimmerman's statements to police after the killing were also ordered to be made public.

It's unclear whether the evidence will include any major revelations, but laywers for Florida-based and national news outlets argued that the public had a right to see everything possible in the high-profile case. Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. ordered authorities to release the new evidence within 15 days.

Updated: June 12, 2012, 6:29 PM

George Zimmerman's wife was arrested and charged Tuesday with allegations that she lied to the judge in her husband's second-degree murder case in the killing of unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

Shellie Zimmerman, 25, was booked into a Seminole County jail shortly after prosecutors filed a single perjury charge against her. She was quickly released after posting a $1,000 bond.

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It will probably be at least three to four weeks before Southern California police finish their investigation into the unusual weekend collisions involving U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson, a law enforcement official said on Tuesday.

Commander Ray Leyva of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department told TPM it will take at least that long for the local crime lab to test whether Bryson had drugs or alcohol in his system on Saturday evening when he allegedly crashed his Lexus into a stopped car, drove away and crashed into a second car in another city a short time later.

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Authorities said George Zimmerman's wife, Shellie, was arrested Tuesday and charged with perjury for allegedly lying on the witness stand in her husband's case of second degree murder in the killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. 

She was released on $1,000 bond a short time later. 

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