Winkler Fights To Keep Kids

Selmer (WVLT) -- Former Knoxvillian Mary Winkler is fighting to regain custody of her three little girls.

Her in-laws have been trying to terminate her parental rights and adopt their grandchildren ever since Winkler's conviction for killing her minister husband.

She's has asked the Tennessee Court of Appeals to block those efforts.

Mary Winkler shot her husband Matthew to death, in their church's parsonage last year.

His parents have had custody of the girls since her arrest.

She faces three to six years in prison after being convicted of manslaughter.

She'll be sentenced next Friday.

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  • by C.L. Location: KNOXVILLE on Jun 3, 2007 at 05:52 AM
    I hope the judge does not terminate her parental rights. She has been judged by a jury,given a sentence and when that sentence is carried out,she is free. Her relationship with her children should not be forever terminated. When she gets out of prison has a job she should be treated like any other person. The in-laws should be trying to foster a good relationship with the mother for themselves and the children. Since both sides are Christians concerned with the welware of the children there can be compromise on how best to give them them the love of mother and also grandparents. I'm sure the in-laws love the grandchildren. I'm sure the mother loves her children. They all should work to make sure the bonds are not broken.
  • by Judy Location: Tennessee on Jun 2, 2007 at 08:21 PM
    The grandparents should kept them for good.if they are in good cleans hands and are raised right. mary don,t need them if she will kill her husband the kids are not safe with her.
  • by RAY Location: GRANGER COUNTY on Jun 2, 2007 at 06:56 PM


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