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Mary Winkler, who police say confessed to shooting her husband in the back with a shotgun as he lay in bed, was released from jail today on $750,000 bond. Her release was delayed for more than a week while the judge assessed the terms of her release and checked the reliability of the bonding company that posted her bail.

Mary Winkler has been charged with first-degree murder for the shooting death of her husband, Matthew Winkler, the minister of Fourth Street Church of Christ in Selmer, Tennessee. He was found in the bedroom of the church parsonage by church members when he didn't show up for Wednesday night services March 22.

Winkler did not answer questions as she left the jail. She left with her father headed for McMinnville, TN, where her attorneys said she will be staying and working while awaiting trial.

"She's directly on her way to McMinnville," Steve Farese, one of her attorneys, told reporters. "She couldn't tell us enough how much she appreciated our efforts. She tried to thank everyone in the jail for being so kind and considerate to her under the circumstances."

See Also:
Mary Winkler Released on Bond
Wife Accused of Killing Pastor Posts Bail
Attorneys for Mary Winkler Say Client Had 'Life Threatening Experience'

Earlier Articles:
Wife Killed Minister After Money Argument
Minister's Wife Indicted for Murder
Pastor's Wife Charged with First-Degree Murder
Tennessee Pastor Slain, Family Missing

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