Mary, Mary Quite Contrary
By Jon Christian Ryter / NewsWithViews.com
Thirty-two year old husband killer Mary Carol Winkler waived extradition and was returned to Selmer, Tennessee on Saturday. Selmer police officials drove to Orange Beach, Alabama to take custody of the confessed killer. On Thursday, the wife of slain Selmer Fourth Street Church of Christ minister Matthew Brian Winkler, 31, confessed to shooting him in the early afternoon of March 22, 2006, before school let out. At least one of the children, Breanna, was home. She appeared to be unaware that her father had been killed. Winkler told police authorities from Alabama and Tennessee that, after shooting him, she loaded her three young daughters (Patricia, 8; Mary Alice, 6; and Breanna, 1) into the family's minivan and headed for Orange Beach, Alabama—350 miles from Selmer.
Selmer police charged Winkler with first degree murder because of three facts. First, she fatally shot her husband in the back, negating any chance she might later have had to claim self-defense since, when your adversary is walking away, any prior threat to your safety has been minimized, and lethal force would no longer be a valid option in a family dispute. Second, Winkler rented the beach condo for herself and her daughters prior to the shooting, indicating to police that she pre-planned not only the murder of her husband but an escape route for herself and her children. And, finally, prior to the crime Winkler secured the murder weapon. Full story...
Posted by Editor at March 30, 2006 06:47 AM