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George Zimmerman instructed his wife Shellie from jail to buy bulletproof vests for them and his attorney, according to a recording of a conversation between the couple released by the prosecution on Monday.
"As uncomfortable as it is, I want you wearing one," the 28-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer charged with the murder of Trayvon Martin told his wife. The recording was one of six made public Monday.
The Associated Press reports that Zimmerman was wearing a bulletproof vest when he was temporarily released on bond. His attorney, Mark O'Mara, has told reporters that he's received threats of his own.
State prosecutors had originally planned to release more than 150 recordings made of Zimmerman's jail house calls to his wife, but O'Mara objected. A hearing to decide the issue is set for next week at the same time Zimmerman will have his next bond hearing.
The recordings that were made public appear to show Zimmerman giving his wife step-by-step instructions, sometimes in code (including passwords and security answers) so she could transfer money between their accounts. Shellie Zimmerman was charged with one count of perjury last week for lying to the judge about their finances to secure a lower bond for her husband. Prosecutors say she used a series of small bank transfers to hide more than $100,000 from the court.
A partial transcript of the recordings can be read here.