Husband-Killer Gets Custody of 3 Daughters

Says she and former in-laws now 'love each other'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 19, 2008 7:33 PM CDT
Mary Winkler, followed by an unidentified member of her defense team, walks out of the McNairy County Justice Center in Selmer, Tenn., Monday, April 9, 2007.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A woman convicted of killing her minister husband 2 years ago was granted permanent custody of their three daughters today and said she has resumed a cordial relationship with the grandparents who fought to take the children away from her, the AP reports. A judge in Huntingdon, Tenn., returned full custody to Mary Winkler following a brief hearing, saying he was pleased she and her ex-in laws were working together.

Mary Winkler was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the 2006 death of her husband Matthew, a Church of Christ minister, and is on probation for the killing she blamed on domestic abuse. His parents took temporary custody of the children after their mother's arrest and went to court trying to adopt them over her objections. But their relationship has changed: "We love each other and we're getting along," Winkler said. "We've reconciled."