(Selmer, TN) Alabama officials said that Mary Winkler has waived extradition and will be sent back to Tennessee Friday night or Saturday to face first-degree charges for the murder of her husband Matthew.
Selmer Police investigator Roger Rickman said that Mary Winkler has not yet provided a motive.
"Our concern at this point is why the crime took place," he said. "There have been no specific accusations made by Mrs. Winkler."
Also this afternoon a custody hearing was held in Alabama. A juvenile court judge is in the process of deciding whether the parents of Matthew Winkler should take custody of the children. Mary Winkler attended that hearing, according to FOX News.
Matthew Winkler, a 31-year old minister at Selmer's Fourth Street Church of Christ, was found dead in the couple's home Wednesday after he missed an evening prayer service and church members searched for him. Congregants found Winkler dead in the bedroom. He had been shot in the back, but there was no evidence of a struggle, according to police.
Church members described Mary Winkler - who is originally from Knoxville - as a "quiet, unassuming woman" who worked as a substitute teacher at the elementary school.
Addendum - 8:00 PM: Matthew Winkler's father, Dan Winkler, attended the hearing and spoke to reporters after being awarded custody of the couple's three daughters.
"Thank you for your love, support and prayers," he said. "Now we want to turn our attention to remembering our son and to the care of three young children."