Left: Mrs. Winkler in the Selma jail; photo courtesy of Associated Press
(Selmer, TN) Mary Winkler, the woman accused of shooting her preacher husband to death last week, was formally charged today with first-degree murder at her arraignment hearing. Mrs. Winkler did not enter a formal plea.
Mary Winkler was dressed in an orange prison robe and wore ankle shackles. As she entered the coutroom she was holding her attorney's hand.
Winkler kept her head down during her court appearance and said little, with the exception of a "no sir" when General Sessions Court Judge Bob Gray asked if she had any questions.
Judge Gray will make a decision on bail at the preliminary hearing, which is set for Thursday.
Defense attorney Steve Farese declined to speculate on Mrs. Winkler's motives for shooting her husband.
"There are persistently going to be rumors about why this happened, how this happened … but we're not allowed to comment," Farese said. "Our defense right now is every defense known to man."
Farese said that he had not yet read Mrs. Winkler's "alleged confession," nor had he reviewed the formal charges brought against the wife of the slain minister.
"We'll have to see how this thing plays out," said Farese.