Preacher's wife charged with murder wants to suppress confession

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) - Attorneys for Mary Winkler, who is charged with shooting her minister husband, filed motions to keep her confession to the police from being presented to the jury.

Winkler's attorneys filed 25 motions last week in the McNairy County Circuit Court, some of which request the suppression of all statements she gave police and all evidence to be used against her.

The 32-year-old wife of three was indicted a week ago in the shooting of Matthew Winkler, minister of Fourth Street Church of Christ in Selmer.

Authorities say Winkler confessed to the shooting on March 22nd, but refused to discuss any reasoning she gave for the slaying.

Her attorneys claim that Winkler's confession wasn't voluntary and that she was illegally arrested without probable cause.

Winkler has also made special requests regarding the selection of her jury and asked that potential jurors be sequestered and individually interviewed.

Her bond hearing is set for June 30th.

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