Matthew Winkler's parents appeal Mary Winkler visitation ruling

KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) More developments in the Mary Winkler case.

Matthew Winkler's parents are asking the Supreme Court of Tennessee to hear an appeal of a lower court's ruling at the end of November that allowed Mary Winkler supervised visits with her three daughters.

The children have been living with their pateral grandparents since March of 2006.

Knoxville native Mary Winkler served 67 days in jail in connection with the shooting death of her minister husband Matthew.


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  • by Cassie Location: TX on Dec 13, 2007 at 12:22 PM
    Again, and again, the Winkler's show themselves to be selfish human beings. I am sure if I were them, I wouldn't be greeting Mary with open arms, but I find it hard to believe they feel justified in keeping the children from their mother. Can you imagine what garbage they have told them? I sincerely hope the Supreme Court of Tennessee grants Mary visitation. And, if they do, will the Winkler's then appeal to the Supreme Court? Would they make this attempt seeing their case so special that the highest court in the land be asked to rule upon it. The Supreme Court would not hear the case.
  • by Bill Location: Kingsport on Dec 12, 2007 at 09:13 PM
    Causing the death of a parent is sufficient basis under TN law for the grandparents to file to terminate her parental rights. That's relatively recent statutory law, however, so it will be interesting to see how the court considers that statute vs. case law that generally favors the natural parent in determining child custody.
  • by Sue Location: Cumberland Gap on Dec 11, 2007 at 08:39 PM
    This is a tragic incident for all concerned. I can understand the Winklers feelings, I would probably be no different. However, there are 3 little girls that need to have a relationship with their mother, to be able one day to understand and forgive. After all, it is given to us that to be forgiven, we must also forgive. I'm sure that Mary would love to be able to go back in time, but that is not optional. All anyone can do now is, move forward, one day at a time. Those girls should not be denied access to their mother. Right or wrong, being kept from her by their dad's parents will form the basis for their judgment of their mother. She is still their mother and her love for them did not end that day.....

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