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Judge Lets Minister's Wife's Confession Stand

The judge in the Mary Winkler trial has denied a request to suppress statements and evidence at the time of her arrest.

Winkler is charged with first-degree murder for the March shooting death of her husband, Matthew Winkler, minister at Selmer's Fourth Street Church of Christ. She then took the couple's three children and fled to Alabama where she was arrested.

Winkler's defense attorneys tried to keep out potentially damaging evidence including what she told police the day she was arrested.

At the time of her arrest, Winkler told police she used a shotgun to shoot her husband after a fight. She described how he then fell out of bed but he was still alive.

Matthew Winkler died from a single shotgun in March.

During a search of her van, police recovered a shotgun they believe was used in the shooting. Officer also found what appeared to be a blood-stained towel.

Judge Weber McCraw judge denied both motions, citing the steps taken by authorities to stop Winkler's car and detain her. McCraw also said Winkler gave "free and voluntary" consent to search her vehicle.

Winkler's defense also requested to move the trial from the end of October to February. The judge did not address their request in his ruling.

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