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Jurors, Winkler Listen To Taped Interview

SELMER, Tenn.- Jurors listened to a taped police interview of Mary Winkler being interview a day after her husband was fatally shot.

Prosecutors played a recording of Winkler answering questions from then Alabama Bureau of Investigation agent Stan Stabler on the second day of the murder trial. Stabler is now chief investigator for the Baldwin County District Attorney's office.

Stabler was the seventh person to testify in the trial at the McNairy County Justice Center in Selmer. The small West Tennessee town is 165 miles west of Nashville.

Winkler is accused of killing her husband, Matthew Winkler, a preacher at Fourth Street Church of Christ. She is accused of shooting him as he lay in bed in the church parsonage in March 2006.

During the opening statements Thursday, the prosecution claimed financial problems led Winkler to kill her husband, a fifth-generation Church of Christ preacher. The prosecutor said that Winkler wanted to conceal her involvement in a check-writing, cashing scheme.

But Winkler's defense attorney said that that was not the case and that she handled the family's finances. The attorney said she was abused emotionally, physically and verbally and that her husband had threatened her with a gun.

Winkler, at times, tearfully recounted what happened before and after the shooting on March 22, 2006. Church members discovered Matthew Winkler's body when he didn't attend a Wednesday evening church service.

When Stabler asked her if she had planned ahead of time to shoot her husband or did it happen spur of the moment, Mary Winkler said it was not planned.

After the lunch recess, the defense replayed Winkler's interview in Orange Beach, Ala. After the shooting, Winkler went to the Alabama Gulf Coast with her daughters. Defense attorney Steve Farese questioned Stabler's tactics and how they influenced Winkler.

Gavel to gavel coverage of the Mary Winkler murder trial is available live on Newschannel 5 Plus or Cable Channel 50 or via streaming video on Newschannel 5.com.

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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