Friday, June 30, 2006

Critical words kill


This is what can happen if you are too critical with your wife. Be sure to
build her up all the time...

"A minister's wife charged with murdering her husband told police she shot
him after they argued over family finances and then told him "I'm sorry" as
he lay dying in their bedroom, according to testimony at a bond hearing
Mary Winkler, 32, has been jailed without bond since March 23, accused of
killing her husband, Matthew Winkler, 31, at their Church of Christ
parsonage in Selmer, a small town 80 miles east of Memphis.
In court Friday, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Agent Brian Booth read a
statement Mary Winkler gave authorities in Alabama, where she was arrested a
day after her husband's body was found by church members.
Booth testified that Winkler told police she knew her husband kept a
12-gauge pump-action shotgun in the closet of the home where they lived with
their three daughters. She said she didn't remember getting the gun.
"The next thing I remember was hearing a loud boom. I remember thinking it
wasn't as loud as I thought it would be," Booth said, reading from Winkler's
She told police her husband rolled from the bed onto the floor after being
"He asked me why, and I just said 'I'm sorry,'" Booth read from the
Winkler said the two had argued throughout the evening about several things,
including family finances. The problems were "mostly my fault," she said,
because she was in charge of keeping the family books.
"He had really been on me lately criticizing me for things — the way I walk,
I eat, everything. It was just building up to a point. I was tired of it. I
guess I got to a point and snapped," Booth read to the court.
The defense has asked for reasonable bond to be set for Winkler, who is
charged with first-degree murder. The prosecution is seeking no bond, saying
it is a capital case. Prosecutors haven't indicated whether they plan to
seek the death penalty, although they have until 30 days before the trial to
announce their intentions.
Church members were expected to testify on the Winkler's behalf.