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Mary Winkler indicted on murder charge

The wife of a minister shot to death in his church's parsonage was indicted Monday on a charge of premeditated murder.
     
The indictment for first-degree murder was issued by a McNairy County grand jury against Mary Winkler, 32.

She has been in custody since the day after the March 22 slaying of her husband, Matthew Winkler.

Matthew Winkler was the pulpit minister at the Fourth Street Church of Christ in Selmer, Tennessee at the time of his death.

Members of his congregation found him dead inside his home after he failed to appear at the church for a Wednesday night service he was to lead on March 22, 2006. He had been shot in the back.

Mary Winkler and the couple's three small daughters were reported missing along with the family's minivan. The State of Tennessee issued an Amber Alert, and Mary and the children were located the next day in Orange Beach, Alabama.

Mary Winkler later confessed to killing her husband.

The indictment said Mary Winkler acted "with premeditation" to shoot her 31-year-old husband.

Defense attorney Steve Farese said premeditation can be formed in "under a minute."

"If you make a decision that you're going to intentionally kill someone, that's premeditated," Farese said.

Click here to read Matthew Winkler's autopsy report.

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