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Winkler posts bond, released from jail pending trial

SELMER, TENN — Mary Winkler, the minister’s wife charged with slaying her husband, posted bond Aug. 15 and was freed from jail pending her first-degree murder trial set to start Oct. 30.
Winkler’s family arranged the $750,000 bond for the 32-year-old mother of three who had been behind bars for nearly five months. She was arrested March 23 in the shooting of Matthew Winkler, 31, minister of the Fourth Street church.
Bond terms require Mary Winkler to live with friends in McMinnville, 65 miles east of Nashville, where she will work at a dry cleaners and be supervised by a probation officer.
In a statement given to authorities, Mary Winkler said the couple argued about finances the night before the shooting. Fourth Street members have supported Mary Winkler since their minister’s slaying. Many have visited Winkler or sent personal items — including a Bible -— to the jail.
The congregation recently hired a new minister: Jeremy Weekley, dean of students at Freed-Hardeman University.
August 15, 2006

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