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Selmer Braces For Winkler Murder Trial

SELMER, Tenn. (AP) -- Residents in a small West Tennessee town are bracing for more attention because of an upcoming murder trial of a local minister. 

The murder trial for Mary Winkler, who is charged with killing her husband, Matthew, a Church of Christ minister, is scheduled to begin on April 9 in Selmer. 

And Selmer is trying to get ready for it -- and the news media frenzy it's expected to set off.

Mary Winkler, 33, is charged with shooting her husband in the back with a shotgun at their residence. 

The slaying last year turned a national media spotlight on Selmer, a town of about 4,500 residents 80 miles east of Memphis. 

At the small McNairy County Criminal Justice Center, where the trial will be held, maintenance crews are busy catching up on minor repairs and getting the grounds ready for out-of-town visitors. 

Sheriff Ricky Roten said he is also upgrading plans for courtroom security.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved)

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
3/15
Prosecutor Not Seeking Death For Winkler

2/23 Winkler Trial Date Set
2/22
Mary Winkler Appears In Court
2/02
Mary Winkler Spied Out And About On New Year's
1/02
Mary Winkler's Story Continues Through Glamour

2006 Headlines
12/18 Wife Of Slain Pastor Living Quiet Life In McMinnville
12/18
Mary Winkler's Bosses Give Her A Chance
12/18
Winkler's Sisters Speak Out
12/05
Top Stories Of 2006: Minister's Wife

9/27 Judge Lets Minister's Wife's Confession Stand
9/19
Preacher's Wife Asks For Statement To Be Thrown Out
9/19
Mary Winkler Released From Jail On Bond
9/18
Minister's Wife Expected to Post Bond Friday

9/18 Preacher's Wife Remains Behind Bars

Video
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
02/03/2007
Mary Winkler Spied Out And About On New Year's
12/29/2007 Year In Review: Wife Kills Minister Husband


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