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Friends trying to make life more normal for murder suspect

MCMINNVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A friend of Mary Winkler's says the pastor's widow accused of killing her husband is waiting for media attention to wane before she begins working at a McMinnville laundry.

Paul Pillow manages the cleaners and says Winkler is looking forward to finding at least some normalcy after behind held in jail for five months.

Winkler was released Tuesday from the McNairy County Jail in Selmer on $750,000 bond.

She is staying with Kathy and Rudie Thomsen, who are friends of hers from when Matthew Winkler served as a youth minister at their church.

There are "no trespassing" signs posted at the Thomsen's home.

Pillow is also a long-time friend of the Winklers. He says when Mrs. Winkler comes to work, he'll "stand in front of her" at the counter to protect her if that's what he needs to do.

In March, Matthew Winkler's body was found in a bedroom at the Selmer parsonage where the couple lived. Mary Winkler and the couple's three young daughters were found the next day in Orange Beach, Alabama.

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