Mary Winkler was set to be released on bond today, but at the last minute, it was discovered that her bonding company’s license had been suspended since 1999. So for now, she’s back behind bars.
Defense attorney Steve Farese Jr. said Friday afternoon that Judge Weber McCraw had approved the details of a $750,000 bond arranged by the family through Williams Bail Bond of Alamo. He said administrators were processing the paperwork to release her by Friday evening.
But shortly after 5 p.m., McCraw was informed by a judge in another county that Williams Bail Bond had been suspended over a 1999 incident, Farese said.
“The judge is just doing his job,” Farese said. “It would have been an error if she had been released.”
Williams Bail Bond employees would try to resolve any disputes and work toward a deal for Winkler’s release early next week, Farese said.
Winkler is charged with killing her husband Matthew with a single blast from a 12-gauge shotgun as he lay in bed at their church parsonage following a night of arguing over strained family finances and other matters. She has been in jail since March 23, the day after his death, awaiting trial.
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