Winkler pleads not guilty in husband’s slaying, says she’ll seek bond
Worried church members found Winkler’s body just before 9:30 p.m. on March 22 after the family failed to show for Wednesday night services, authorities said.
Winkler was found inside the church-owned home that the couple shared with their three daughters: Patricia, 8; Mary Alice, 6; and Breanna, 1. Matthew Winkler’s parents, Dan and Diane Winkler of Huntingdon, Tenn.,were awarded custody of the children during a hearing in April.
If convicted of premeditated murder, Winkler could face the death penalty.
Investigators have said Mary Winkler admitted shooting her husband – a claim Farese denies – but no motive has been disclosed.
Fourth Street members have consistently and publicly supported MaryWinkler in the three months since their minister’s slaying. Many havevisited Winkler or sent personal items – including a study Bible – tothe McNairy County Jail.
June 14, 2006