Mary Winkler Could Be Free by Tuesday

By: Nikki Boyd
By: Nikki Boyd

Selmer (AP) A West Tennessee woman convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of her preacher husband is expected to be released from custody this week.

Attorney Steve Farese Senior said he expects his client, Mary Winkler, formerly of Knoxville, to be freed either tomorrow or Wednesday from the mental health facility where she has been in treatment for about two months.

The 33-year-old Winkler was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the 2006 fatal shooting of her husband, Matthew, at the Selmer parsonage where the couple lived.

She was given a three-year sentence on June 8th, but she was required to serve only 67 days in custody because of credit for time in jail before her trial, the nature of the offense and no previous criminal record.

McNairy County Circuit Court Judge Weber McCraw ruled that up to 60 of those 67 days could be served while confined for mental health treatment.

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  • by juanita Location: tn on Aug 16, 2007 at 06:24 AM
    If you are a paycheck to paycheck person you are going to be punished to the full extent of the law. The "West Drug Gang" and "Preacher Killing Wife" are perfect examples of what is wrong with the "Justice System" in this country. Oh and lets not forget the P-Card mess. If these people worked in the public sector they would be given court dates.
  • by STEVE Location: KNOXVILLE on Aug 15, 2007 at 04:22 PM
    Iknow Carol i went schoolwith from 7th grade on she isn't a cold blooded killer.I beleive she was pushed beyond her limits and finally broke
  • by Jo Jo Location: Knoxville on Aug 15, 2007 at 09:17 AM
    This is rediculous she shot him in the BACK ! I could see if he were molesting her children or something but NOTHING like that was even hinted to. She was about to be busted by the bank for writting bad checks and other questionable financial dealings. So she killed her husband. If you are depressed and / or crazy do you flee to another state after committing MURDER? I am female by the way. Even if he did like questionable sex divorce him I doubt God would hold divorce against someone more than MURDER.
  • by Larry Location: Knox. on Aug 14, 2007 at 08:47 PM
    I wonder how many of you people would be so forgiving if she were a Wiccan or into Witchcraft. I guess because shes "one of the team" Its OK. 2 of my family members were shot and killed by their 15yr old daughter and her boyfriend, I Guess you people will be happy for her if she gets off because she went to church a few times..... And the fact some of you think she should get her kids back just shows how crazy and detached some of you really are.
  • by Amy Location: TN on Aug 14, 2007 at 04:47 PM
    I'm thankful that the jury saw her pain and knew that it was an accident. Hopefully her and the girls can get their lives back.
  • by Calvin Location: Knoxville on Aug 14, 2007 at 03:52 PM
    I don't see any commits from Selmer, but I do know some people that live there and knew him and her. He was abusive from all I hear. Some times wolves are in sheep's clothing. Maybe he wasn't what he pretended to be! Now as far as she is concerned, yes the jury decided her conviction and the jude gave the sentence, so people "live with it!" I too approve of her getting her children back sincwe it has nothing to do with what happened. The children were never abused and her daughter was "on her side" till they stayed with their grandparents for a little while!
  • by Fred Location: Harrogate, Tn on Aug 14, 2007 at 02:38 PM
    Great justice system we have. You get more time if you kill an animal than a human being. And to beat it all, the poor sap was asleep when she shot him. Go figure. The only way she should be able to see those children is with SUPERVISED VISITATION only. Who knows, thay may be her next victims
  • by Ann Location: knoxville on Aug 14, 2007 at 01:20 PM
    We live in the US so that we can have freedom. If Mary WInkler has served the time that was given to her by our justice system, what is the problem? I pray that she can get her children back and go on with her life.
  • by Rick Location: TN on Aug 14, 2007 at 07:56 AM
    Mary Winkler should have been executed. It amazes me that you can shoot your husband in the head and walk away from it.
  • by Chris Location: home on Aug 14, 2007 at 05:52 AM
    " He that is without sin,let him cast the first stone" She has fulfilled what the law determined her penalty to be. We may disagree but that is what it is. She has the rest of her life to live with what happened. She will have to rebuild her relatinship with her girls. It will be hard. But not impossible.
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