The recordings show that from his jail cell, Zimmerman gave his wife step-by-step instructions on how to change a password and clear security questions so she could move money, gave her orders to withdraw specific amounts and directed her to pay the bills.
Prosecutors allege the couple was moving money out of an Internet PayPal account that was awash with donations for Zimmerman, who’s charged with second-degree murder in one of the most racially-charged criminal cases in the country. He shot Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black 17-year-old, in Sanford Feb. 26.
The couple spoke in code, according to prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda. In the calls Zimmerman makes repeated reference to “Peter Pan,” an apparent reference to PayPal.
Joe Coscarelli provides a bit of transcript in New York magazine.
SHELLIE: After this, we go over, youâ€™re gonna be able to just, have a great life.
ZIMMERMAN: We will.
SHELLIE: Yeah, we will. Youâ€™re
ZIMMERMAN: Iâ€™m (inaudible) excited.
SHELLIE: Yeah, you should be. You should be excited.
In other words, these two seem to think they had just hit the mother lode. And you’ll love this bit:
They also discussed Zimmerman getting out on bail, and how to keep him from the press. The Sentinel reports that his choice of words was not ideal:
… “Well, I have my hoodie,” he says, a possible joke, referring to the hooded sweatshirt Trayvon Martin wore the night Zimmerman shot him in Sanford, Feb. 26.
Zimmerman’s lawyer Mark O’Mara has filed a motion asking the Court to reconsider an order to release all of the audiotapes. He says the Zimmermans were not talking about the money on those tapes, so the public doesn’t need to hear them. Still …
The really remarkable thing about the audiotape release is that they’ve made very little splash in the blogosphere. Even righties who have blogged exhaustively about every news story about what Zimmerman’s second cousin’s garage mechanic said about the shooting are oddly subdued about the newly released recordings. Poster boy remorse?
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