Left: Mary Winkler at today's arraignment
(Selmer, TN) Mary Winkler, who was charged with first-degree murder in the killing of her husband Matthew Winkler, pleaded not guilty today at the McNairy County Courthouse in Selmer, Tennessee.
Matthew Winkler, pastor of the Fourth Street Church of Christ in Selmer, was found dead with gunshot wounds to the back in this small town east of Memphis on March 22 by members of the church.
Mary Winkler appeared to start crying at one point in the televised arraignment, but did not speak during the brief court appearance.
When asked about how Mary Winkler is holding up, defense attorney Steve Farese told CNN this week that she is "doing much better" and that she "has opened up tremendously."
The defense team has not yet disclosed a motive for the killing, but attorneys did reiterate that infidelity was not a factor in Winkler's decision to shoot her husband.
Farese did say that the shooting was not premeditated.
"It's a culmination of events that led to a tragic set of circumstances," he said.
"Memphis Dream Team" defense attorneys Farese and Leslie Ballin requested bond, and a bond hearing was set for June 30th.
The trial has been scheduled for October 30th.