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MIAMI (AFP) – The wife of the neighborhood watch volunteer controversially acquitted of murdering black teenager Trayvon Martin has filed for divorce, U.S. media reports said.

An attorney for Shellie Zimmerman, 26, said her client was seeking divorce from husband George Zimmerman, 29, after six years of marriage.

“After much soul searching and recent disappointments, Shellie feels compelled to officially end her six-year marriage to George Michael Zimmerman,” attorney Kelly Sims was quoted by the Orlando Sentinel as saying on Thursday.

George Zimmerman was cleared of murdering Martin by a Florida jury in July following a racially charged trial that captivated America.

Zimmerman claimed he had shot the unarmed Martin in self-defense during a violent struggle.

Zimmerman’s acquittal triggered nationwide protests. The Zimmermans have reportedly been living in hiding ever since the conclusion of the trial for fear of reprisals.

“We have been pretty much gypsies for the past year and a half,” Shellie Zimmerman said in a television interview with ABC last week.

“We lived in a 20-foot trailer in the woods, scared every night that someone was going to find us and that it would be horrific.”

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons, a novel and a memoir. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

Participants hold placards as they mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Washington D.C. on January 17, 2022

Washington (AFP) - Members of Martin Luther King Jr's family joined marchers Monday in Washington urging Congress to pass voting rights reform as the United States marked the holiday commemorating the slain civil rights leader.

King's son Martin Luther King III spoke at the march, warning that many states "have passed laws that make it harder to vote" more than half a century after the activism of his father.

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