Judge won't suppress accused's statements

Mary Winkler in August, 2006.
Mary Winkler in August, 2006.

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) - A judge in Selmer has denied a defense request to suppress statements a pastor's wife gave police after the minister was killed.

Mary Winkler's lawyers had made the request, but defense attorney Steve Farese said Tuesday after the ruling that suppression is the most commonly filed and least granted motion in a courtroom.

Farese said it would have decimated the state's case, had it been granted. Earlier, authorities said Mary Winkler told police after her arrest that she shot Matthew Winkler with a shotgun after she and her husband argued over finances the night before.

She is charged with the first-degree murder of the Church of Christ minister. Church members found his body in the parsonage March 22nd after he failed to appear at a Wednesday evening service.

Mary Winkler and the couple's three young daughters were found the next day in Orange Beach, Alabama.

She is free on $750,000 bond.

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