Mary Winkler trial to be televised

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SELMER, Tenn. – Court TV will provide gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Mary Winkler murder trial in Selmer.

Court TV will operate the pool camera, which will provide video footage to any news agency for broadcast clips, said Sue Allison, a spokeswoman with the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts in Nashville.

Four still photographers will be permitted inside the courtroom at any one time, but if that proves disruptive the number will be limited to two, she said.

Under Tennessee law, photographing jury selection proceedings, potential jurors or jurors who have been seated for a trial is not permitted, so video coverage will not begin until after jury selection.

The week of April 9 has been set aside on the court calendar for jury selection, with testimony expected to begin the following week, according to McNairy County Circuit Court Clerk Ronnie Brooks.

Mary Winkler, 33, is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of her husband, Matthew Winkler, minister of the Fourth Street Church of Christ in Selmer. His body was found at the church parsonage on March 22.

Winkler and the couple’s three children were found in Orange Beach, Ala., a day later after a nationwide Amber Alert was issued for her and the children.

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