MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AP) --
Mary Winkler, the woman convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the 2006 shooting death of her minister husband, has taken custody of her three daughters, one of her lawyers said Monday.
Rachael Putnam, a custody attorney, said the former minister's wife picked the girls up Friday from the slain man's parents, Dan and Diane Winkler.
"She is absolutely overjoyed," Putnam said. The lawyer said the children will live with Winkler at her home near McMinnville, about 60 miles southeast of Nashville.
Winkler, 34, was convicted of voluntary manslaughter last year for shooting her husband, 31-year-old Church of Christ minister Matthew Winkler, at their Selmer home in March 2006.
Sentenced to three years in prison, she received probation for most of it, spending only 12 days in jail after her sentencing and two months in a mental health facility before being released.
The children -- ages 11, 9 and 3 -- had previously been living with their grandparents and had court-ordered visits with their mother.
"It should be seen as a sign that the family is healing," Putnam said of the custody arrangement. "It's a good thing for everyone."
Putnam said a court order giving Winkler custody has not been completed, but she said the custody case between the grandparents and Winkler will eventually be concluded.
An attorney representing Dan and Diane Winkler did not immediately return a call for comment Monday.
The arrangement was reached in time for the girls to start the school year with their mother, Putnam said, and they will continue to have visits with their grandparents.
The grandparents had tried to stop the supervised visits with Winkler, but the state's Court of Appeals upheld the order by a county judge. The Tennessee Supreme Court also rejected the grandparents' appeal.
Winkler was tried for murder after her husband was found dead by a shotgun blast to the back. A jury found her guilty of voluntary manslaughter after she testified that her husband had physically and emotionally abused her for years.
Original Link -
Mary Winkler gets daughters back - CNN.com
Winkler was convicted of voluntary manslaughter for shooting her minister husband
Winkler picked her three daughters up Friday from the slain man's parents
The girls, ages 11, 9 and 3, had been living with their grandparents
My two cents..
WAIT WAIT WAIT... WTF?
She's been emotionally abused .. so am I - for over 20 years...
She kills the bastard ...spends 12 days in jail.. 2 months in a nut house .. and is now getting custody back of her children?
I on the other hand... leave the abuser.. get the O.P with custody. .. he manages to find the right #@$^$ to (&%$ that appears to be related to his boss..who is in a financial partnership with child services.. who happens to be married to a supreme court judge.. and it's..
SEVEN YEARS LATER .. AND I HAVEN'T EVEN BEEN ALLOWED TO EVEN VISIT WITH MY KIDS?
Hold the *&*%$ up ..
I guess I shoulda killed the *&%$$ like she did ... then they would have let me back in the kids lives within a year?
NOOOOOOOOOOO there's something VERY VERY WRONG HERE!
Justice my ass!