Mother of murdered preacher takes stand at sentencing hearing - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Mother of murdered preacher takes stand at sentencing hearing

SELMER, Tenn. (AP) - A judge in Selmer is hearing testimony this morning in the sentencing hearing for Mary Winkler, convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of her minister husband.

Diane Winkler, the mother of the victim Matthew Winkler, testified, addressing Mary Winkler directly and telling her she doesn't believe that her son was the monster his wife made him out to be.

Diane Winkler told her daughter-in-law she not only killed Matthew, but has murdered his character as well by her testimony.

Daniel Winkler, Matthew Winkler's brother, also testified, saying he has focused on the dash between the birth and death dates of his brother's life to remember how close they were.

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