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8/10/2006

Minister's Wife Expected to Post Bond Friday

"The judge wanted to make sure all the i's are dotted and all the t's are crossed, because he's responsible for her bond and he wants to make sure everything is in order," Winkler's attorney, Steve Farese said.

Thursday morning, the judge in Winkler's case disqualified the company that would have put up her $750,000 bond.

She is scheduled to be released Friday at noon.

When Winkler is released, she will live with former church friends Kathy Thomsen and her family in a home overlooking several tree nurseries.

Courtney Judkins had the Winkler children in her pre-school class when they lived in McMinnville.

"She was nice and friendly, took care of her kids real good," Judkins said.

But she said the accused murderer has no business moving back to McMinnville.

"She committed murder, so there's a lot of people who commit murder who are still in jail, why should she get out?" Judkins said.

With Mary Winkler's pending arrival, the national news spotlight will once again shine on this small town, the same town where Pamela Rogers lives, the teacher convicted of having a relationship with a student.

"It's giving our town a really bad name. We're a small town and everybody's going to look at this place like this is where all the criminals are, I think," Judkins said.

Mary Winkler is accused of killing her husband Matthew inside their church parsonage in Selmer, Tennessee last March. She faces a first degree murder charge. Her trial date is set at Oct. 30.

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