Left: Mary Winkler with attorney Steve Farese last Thursday
(Selmer, TN) The defense team representing Mary Winkler is investigating stategies for their client, including the possibility that the shooting was an accident.
Attorneys are also considering a claim of insanity by Mrs. Winkler in the shooting death of her minister husband Matthew Winkler.
"Anytime you have a gunshot fatality, it's not always, 'Did something happen?' " said Mississippi attorney Steve Farese Sr. "There are the three questions: Did it happen? Why did it happen, and how did it happen? … Was it an intentional act or an unintentional act or an accidental act, and there's a difference."
Another defense attorney admitted that Mary Winkler has been seen by a psychologist, and that her reasons for killing her husband remain a mystery.
"[The confession]certainly assumes a fact and that is that she is responsible," said attorney Leslie Ballin. "I don't know what the [examination]results are. If it's something that produces a professional opinion that is pertinent to this case, you will see this person at the trial."
Defense attorneys choise to waive the right to a preliminary hearing in order to prevent prosecutors from reading Mrs. Winkler's alleged confession into the reoord. This was ostensibly done to shelter the Winkler children.
"We don't feel that it does anyone any good to hear gruesome things about their late father," said Farese.
Mary Winkler's case goes before the McNairy County grand jury in June.