Winkler Gets Supervised Visitation

(WVLT) - A former Knoxville woman who was convicted of killing her minister husband can now see her children.

A judge ruled Wednesday that Mary Winkler can have supervised visits with her three children.

They've been living with her former in-laws since Matthew Winkler was killed in March 2006.

Mary Winkler is still on probation, after serving seven months for the death of her husband, and she hasn't seen her children in four months.

Mary told the courtroom that being together with her children again would help the healing process.

"That's one great reason we need to be together. We need to be healing together and talking through our problems and working it out," said Winkler.

Matthew Winkler's parents want to revoke Mary's parental rights and adopt the children.

The couple has also filed a two million dollar wrongful death suit against Winkler.


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  • by Janet Location: Montana on Sep 20, 2007 at 07:02 PM
    Mary is mentally ill and a dangerous person. The grandparents are doing the right thing--protecting the children. Those who speak against Dan and Diane, obviously do not know them. Based on their assumptions, they lie. Dan and Diane are absolutely wonderful people doing what is right. I pray they will be able to adopt the children some day. Custody is never final until s child is 18. I hope they never give up the fight for custody. The children need their love and protection.
  • by Jeff Location: Knoxville on Sep 20, 2007 at 03:44 PM
    She killed her husband..in cold blood. And truly she got away with it. Can you say O.J ???
  • by Sandy Location: Seymour on Sep 20, 2007 at 01:47 PM
    Give her the children, I think she was afraid that down the road the girls would be the next one he would hurt. His parent have a lot of nerve and not a lot of true religion if the keep the girls from there mother and keep up the law suit for the 2 million. Money is the root of all evil.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 20, 2007 at 12:56 PM
    We allow OJ to have his children back, but not Winkler. Where is the justice in that
  • by Sheri Location: knoxville on Sep 20, 2007 at 10:44 AM
    I am glad Mary is wanting to spend timee with her children, but i would also have the kids involved as to what they are comfortable with. they had to go thru a bad time also.
  • by Cathy Daugherty Location: Macon County on Sep 20, 2007 at 09:33 AM
    I am so glad Mary is going to get to see her children. If her in-laws had been the right kind of religious people they would have already let her see those kids, they want all the money that they can get off those kids. I hope this is the first step in getting full custody.
  • by Betty Location: 37381 on Sep 20, 2007 at 08:04 AM
    I think there was a lot she didn't tell about the preacher, to protect her children, give her the kids, after all she served time to protect them. The woman has paid enough ffor that so called preacher husband.
  • by Calvin Location: Knoxville on Sep 20, 2007 at 07:02 AM
    Good! The law suit is frivolous since she will never have 2 million dollars. Just a hurting family striking out, so let them have it, maybe it will ease their pain.

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