Court Clears the Way for Mary Winkler to Visit Children

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) -- An appeals court has removed a barrier to supervised visits between convicted killer Mary Winkler and her children.

A Carroll County judge ruled in September that Winkler could begin visits with her three young daughters, but the children's paternal grandparents appealed that order.

The Court of Appeals temporarily blocked the visits while considering the grandparents' request.

But the appeals court ruled in Jackson on Tuesday that the lower court can go ahead with allowing Winkler's visits while she tries to regain custody of her children.

Winkler was convicted this year of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of her husband, Matthew Winkler, a minister in Selmer.

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