Pastor's Killer Wife Released from Mental Health Facility

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

SELMER, Tenn. (AP) - A Tennessee woman who was convicted of manslaughter in the shooting death of her minister husband has been released after serving 67 days in custody.

The defense attorney for Mary Winkler says Winkler has been released from a mental health facility where she has been in treatment for about two months.

He also says Winkler is headed to McMinnville, about 65 miles southeast of Nashville, where she lived and worked at a dry cleaning shop while she was free on bond.

Winkler was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the 2006 shotgun slaying of her husband, Matthew, at the Church of Christ parsonage in Selmer.

She was given a three-year sentence on June 8 but had to serve only 67 days in custody, in part because of credit for time in jail before her trial.


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