Jun 14, 2006

Mary Winkler Pleads "Not Guilty"

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.


McCaskey said...

Ah HM, I love ya (not literally, I mean your blog), but ENOUGH ALREADY about this woman.

Don't make me sic Berserker on ya...

historymike said...

Brother, I admit my addiction to matters Winkler, and realize that I am powerless to conquer it.

I therefore will have to seek help in an appropriate 12-Step Winkler program.

The good news for those who do not suffer from Winkler addiction: nothing much will happen between June 30 (bail day) and October 30 (scheduled trial date).

Anonymous said...

I predict that this is either a case of domestic abuse or the discovery that the pastor was sexually abusing their children (both daughters if I recall.)

Anonymous said...

It looks to me there is an overbearing husband running the marriage, with no respect for wife's ideas and opinions.

Anonymous said...

My prediction: internet pornography. It is a scourge on so many marriage relationships, and the emotions it arouses in the wife of such an internet porn addict are enough to make her fall off the deep end in one way or another.

Hooda Thunkit said...

I suspect that the dream team is scripting the trial via the media even as I type.

This has all the makings of a movie of the week...

Anonymous said...

Well, June, 2006, I left my opinion...that internet porn was involved. I was right. That was a big underlying cause along with other things.