State high court refuses to stop Winkler visits - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

State high court refuses to stop Winkler visits

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) - The state Supreme Court refused Wednesday to get involved in the custody fight over the children of convicted killer Mary Winkler.

The court rejected an appeal from the children's paternal grandparents aimed at keeping Winkler from visiting with the youngsters during the custody dispute.

Winkler was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in April for shooting her husband, Church of Christ minister Matthew Winkler, at their residence in Selmer last year.

She was sentenced to three years in prison but is free on probation and is fighting for custody of her three young daughters with Dan and Diane Winkler of Huntingdon.

The grandparents asked the Supreme Court to block an order a Carroll County judge issued in September allowing supervised visits between Mary Winkler and the youngsters.

That order also was upheld by the state Court of Appeals after an initial delay in the visits. No visit schedule has been released.

The Supreme Court gave no reasons for its rejection of the grandparents' petition.

In their attempted appeal, the grandparents argued the Carroll County judge failed to appoint a lawyer to represent the children before approving the visits.

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