Mary Winkler attorneys seek bond reduction

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Attorneys for a minister’s wife accused of killing her husband filed a motion Friday requesting a bond reduction for her.

McNairy County Circuit Court Judge Weber McCraw set a bond for Mary Winkler last Friday at $750,000. Her attorneys are asking that the bond be reduced to a $315,000 property bond.

“That’s the most we could raise and is in the form of property,” attorney Steve Farese Sr. said. Farese said he filed his motion Friday.

Winkler is accused of first-degree murder in the shooting death of her husband, Matthew Winkler, a minister at Selmer’s Fourth Street Church of Christ.

Mary Winkler would have to pay $75,000 through a bail bonding company to be released on the bond amount McCraw set. Farese has said her family can’t afford that.

Even if Mary Winkler posted the $75,000 through a bail bonding company, she’d still have to have collateral on the remaining 90 percent of the $750,000 bond, Farese said.

Farese said he expected McCraw to render his decision on the request for bond reduction sometime next week.

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