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Mary Winkler Spied Out And About On New Year's

Mary Winkler, who is accused of murdering her preacher husband Matthew Winkler in Selmer, Tenn., spent her New Year's Eve out with friends in McMinville. The night on the town was caught on camera.

When Luis Correa walked inside the doors of the New York Grill in McMinville on New Year's Eve, he couldn't help but notice Mary Winkler with her friends.

"We walked in there and there she was sitting down at the table," Correa said. "They were giggling, drinking, smoking."

Shocked by what he saw, Correa grabbed his cell phone and starting taking pictures of Winker sitting at the bar. One of his friends even approached her.

"So he went and talked to them and said, ‘Are you the preacher killer?' She said, ‘Yeah,'" Correa said.

Winkler's reaction didn't sit well with Correa.

"All this catastrophe has happened and now she's just walking down, like nothing ever happened," he said. "A woman who is raised in the church, how can she turn around and shot her husband on the back, and she's out on the streets."

Investigators said Winkler confessed to shooting her husband. A judge let Winkler bond out of jail last August to and move to McMinville. She's been working at Express Cleaners while she waits for her trial. 

"You got to realize, we're not here to judge her, we're here to support Mary until that time comes," Matt Hash, Winkler's manager at Express Cleaners, said.

Nothing in Winkler's bond agreement said she couldn't spend a night on the town celebrating the New Year.

In several national interviews since Mary Winkler's release from jail, her family has stood by her side. Her father, Clark Freeman, has said Matthew Winkler abused his daughter physically and mentally. He claimed that abuse became more apparent during the last three years of their marriage. 

Mary Winkler's murder trial is expected to take place in Selmer, Tenn. In the spring.

2007 Headlines
4/19 Winkler Jury Deliberates
4/19 Possible Charges Against Mary Winkler
4/18 Defense Says Preacher Terrorized Winkler Family
4/17 Winkler Daughter Called To Witness Stand

4/14 Bank Employees Discuss Winkler Financial Problems
4/14 Jurors, Winkler Listen To Taped Interview
4/14 Angry Caller Prompts Increased Trial Security
4/13 Third Day For Jury Selection In Winkler Trial

4/11 Jury Seated In Mary Winkler Trial
4/11 Witness Lists Released In Winkler Trial
4/11 Jury Selection Begins In Winkler Trial
4/04 Mary Winkler Charged With Husband's Death

3/19 Mary Winkler Asks For Custody Of Children
3/28 Family Of Slain Minister Sues Mary Winkler
3/22 Selmer Braces For Winkler Murder Trial
Prosecutor Not Seeking Death For Winkler

2/23 Winkler Trial Date Set
Mary Winkler Appears In Court
Mary Winkler Spied Out And About On New Year's
Mary Winkler's Story Continues Through Glamour

2006 Headlines
12/18 Wife Of Slain Pastor Living Quiet Life In McMinnville
Mary Winkler's Bosses Give Her A Chance
Winkler's Sisters Speak Out
Top Stories Of 2006: Minister's Wife

9/27 Judge Lets Minister's Wife's Confession Stand
Preacher's Wife Asks For Statement To Be Thrown Out
Mary Winkler Released From Jail On Bond
Minister's Wife Expected to Post Bond Friday

9/18 Preacher's Wife Remains Behind Bars

04/19/2007 Winkler Defense Team As Jury Begins Deliberating
04/19/2007 Winkler Jury Begins Deliberations
04/18/2007 Analysis of Morning Session In Winkler Trial Day 6
04/16/2007 Winkler Daughter Called To Witness Stand
04/14/2007 Highlights From Day 3 In Mary Winkler Trial
04/14/2007 Angry Caller Prompts Increased Trial Security
Mary Winkler Spied Out And About On New Year's
12/29/2007 Year In Review: Wife Kills Minister Husband

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