Woman who shot pastor husband gets cu...

Woman who shot pastor husband gets custody of their daughters

There are 74 comments on the Belleville News story from Aug 4, 2008, titled Woman who shot pastor husband gets custody of their daughters. In it, Belleville News reports that:

A lawyer for Mary Winkler says the woman convicted in the shooting death of her pastor husband in Tennessee has taken custody of her three daughters.

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heather

Greenville, MI

#1 Aug 4, 2008
if she killed her husband she not have they kids
Just An Observer

Hudsonville, MI

#2 Aug 5, 2008
She has the freedom to do all the killing she likes, cause she's a preachers' wife!
Enlightened

Peru, IL

#3 Aug 5, 2008
That's the south for you! Low I.Q., and many, many, many churches.
Curtis Lowe

Montgomery, AL

#4 Aug 5, 2008
Frigging women! There is no justice for a man in America! When are they gonna prosecute Crystal Mangum for lying about the Duke Lacrosse team?
Great Idea

Dunn, NC

#5 Aug 5, 2008
Kill you husband,
get custody of the kids.

Does she get the house and bank account also?

/why consult a lawyer?
JUSTICE

Glasgow, KY

#6 Aug 5, 2008
MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN MARY,
IT IS TIME FOR THE HEALING TO BEGIN
Pam

Denver, NC

#7 Aug 5, 2008
Enlightened wrote:
That's the south for you! Low I.Q., and many, many, many churches.
I beg your pardon. I was born and raised in the south and I bet my iq is higher than yours.

Since: Jul 08

Small Town Girl

#8 Aug 5, 2008
Pam wrote:
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I beg your pardon. I was born and raised in the south and I bet my iq is higher than yours.
i agree with you Pam.. There's nothing like a southern belle ;-)

Since: Oct 07

Location hidden

#9 Aug 5, 2008
Wow, crazy... Anyone know WHY she shot him?
Cathy

United States

#10 Aug 5, 2008
He had abused her for years I believe. I think she just cracked when he was abusing her for the last time. Lets see how many of you could take the abuse before you snap> How a marriage is doesn't mean she is a bad mother. She could be doing everything for those girls. Why don't some of you look into what happens to an abused wife or living with an alcoholic. Stop judging others and judge yourself!

Since: Jul 08

Small Town Girl

#12 Aug 5, 2008
scambuster wrote:
Wow, crazy... Anyone know WHY she shot him?
they said she was abused.. im not sure she ever reported it to the police, to my knowledge there were no reports... just her word... im not saying she wasnt abused.. and from what i have read.. he had not abused her the day of the murder... ugh! she may have had good reason for shooting him... nah i cant buy that she should have left anyway possible.. unless he had beating her so bad that was the only choice.. Just my opinion.. I couldnt nor would I hand those kids over... Nah, I couldnt do it.

“My Bad! Just hold me. ”

Since: Aug 07

Orion's Belt

#13 Aug 5, 2008
scambuster wrote:
Wow, crazy... Anyone know WHY she shot him?
Yeah, she wanted to not have him in her life anymore.

We had another woman around here kill her husband. And she was another heavy duty church go'er.

She beat him to death in the middle of the night, and got up in the morning on Mother's day and went to church.

Her reason ...he wanted oral sex.

She also got off.

Interesting. You can go to church and kill your husband in this area.

But a woman up in Chicago got life in prison for killing an extremely abusive husband.

Guess the key is being one to attend church.

Odd world.
Stone1

AOL

#14 Aug 5, 2008
The trial was on Court TV. Mary gave birth to her children and she deserves the right to raise them.
We are too quick to judge. If people would have follow this case on a daily basis, they would know it wasn't because he left the toilet seat up!!! That's minor to the abuse this woman went through living with Matthew. I'm sorry Matthew lost his life, but Mary and the children did not need to live with him.

“Just my 2cents, maybe 3 or 4..”

Since: Jul 08

Chicago

#15 Aug 5, 2008
While i do believe that a person can only take so much before they do something like kill their husband, i just hope she was well evaluated before those kids were handed over. I mean, she was in a mental hospital after all this. I'm sure she loves her kids but I just hope she is in the right state of mind to care for them the right way, considering they are, im sure, already traumitized as it is. And hopefully she was really being abused because I heard she only served a few weeks or months for all of this. But i do agree it depends where you live, no way would she be free if she lived in the city!!
heather

Greenville, MI

#16 Aug 5, 2008
Just An Observer wrote:
She has the freedom to do all the killing she likes, cause she's a preachers' wife!
it does not matter ho you sre
heather

Greenville, MI

#17 Aug 5, 2008
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heather

Greenville, MI

#18 Aug 5, 2008
Stone1 wrote:
The trial was on Court TV. Mary gave birth to her children and she deserves the right to raise them.
We are too quick to judge. If people would have follow this case on a daily basis, they would know it wasn't because he left the toilet seat up!!! That's minor to the abuse this woman went through living with Matthew. I'm sorry Matthew lost his life, but Mary and the children did not need to live with him.
it does not matter were trail was she killed someone and she should not have her children and i watched the trail

“My Bad! Just hold me. ”

Since: Aug 07

Orion's Belt

#19 Aug 5, 2008
Boy, you church going folk sure do dislike truth.
ABUSED HUSBANDS

Russell Springs, KY

#20 Aug 5, 2008
I have to agree with whom ever said we can only take so much then something has to give,but I would also like for ANYONE to explain why a woman can abuse a man to the breaking point then he has to spend the rest of his life in prison for killing her? Don't take me wrong I DO NOT think either has the right to take a life!
I am a woman and I KNOW some of the things I have done in the past I probably should have been shot, but you let a man defend his children or himself and he will go to prison for the rest of his life and NEVER be able to see his children again, I know what I am talking about I have a family member that was abused and mistreated for years, tried to get help through the court system and Social Services( which is a joke)begged, pleaded with anyone that would listen and now.... well lets just say..... if your a woman kill your husband or boyfriend because I would bet the farm you will NEVER spend a day in prison, is that JUSTICE I DON'T THINK SO! But thats just me, I can't speak for others, but listen up men you better start reporting your abuse NO matter how belittled you might feel, because a woman will kill you and NEVER get a day in prison, but trust me you will never have a fair trial or another free day and you will never see your children again. Our court system sucks, and Social Services is a joke!
Confederate

Union, SC

#21 Aug 5, 2008
Pam wrote:
I beg your pardon. I was born and raised in the south and I bet my iq is higher than yours.
Your IQ is higher. If he was smart he would not have been born a Yankee.

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