Apr 14, 2006

Mary Winkler Case: A Timeline


(Selmer, TN) With an eye toward organzing the known facts in an easy-to-reference format, this post will simply place in chronological order the major events in the shooting of Matthew Winkler and arrest of his wife Mary Winkler.

February 2005 : Matthew Winkler hired at the Fourth Street Church of Christ in Selmer, TN.
March 21, 2006: Matthew Winkler found dead in his home by parishioners.
March 22, 2006: An Amber Alert is issued for Mary Winkler and her three girls; there is fear of foul play.
March 23, 2006: Mary Winkler, 32, was found with the couple's three young daughters late Thursday night in Orange Beach, Alabama, 340 miles south of the Selmer church.
March 24, 2006: Mary Winkler waived extradition, allegedly confessed, and was sent back to Tennessee to face first-degree charges for the murder of her husband Matthew.
March 25, 2006: Extradited to Tennessee, Mary Winkler expresses remorse, and said that "she was sorry for everything she had done."
March 27, 2006: Mary Winkler retains Steve Faresem Sr. to head her defense team.
March 27, 2006: Funeral visitation for Matthew Winkler in Selmer
March 27, 2006: Educational fund set up for Winkler children.
March 27, 2006: Arraignement of Mary Winkler in General Sessions Court.
March 28, 2006: Funeral of Matthew Winkler draws a crowd of over 500 mourners.
March 30, 2006: Winkler attorneys hint at post-partum defense
March 31, 2006: Police sieze church computers in looking for evidence.
April 3, 2006: Attorneys for Mary Winkler weigh options
April 7, 2006: Attorneys for Mary Winkler suggest that she may be covering for some unknown assailant.


Hooda Thunkit said...

But, why would she cover for some "unknown: assailant?

Unknown to the police or unknown to her???


wordsmith said...

If anyone was motivated to cover for someone (to the point that it might take them to the death penalty), it would have to be someone that they care for VERY much. Which means in this situation, that if she is covering for someone, neither a child nor a boyfriend is eliminated from that very short list of possible "someones"

I am sorry to harp on this but truly would like to know. Does anyone know just how much a typcial shotgun weighs? Is it conceivable that a small child (6-8) could possibly raise it and then fire it with sufficient accuracy to kill someone?

Oh and thanks Mike for pulling this timeline together. Very helpful to those of us who are obsessed.

Anonymous said...

Wordsmith raises an interesting point. I believe a 6-8 year old child could raise a firearm and fire it at close range with accuracy if they had been taught, and the father, they say, was a hunter. My first impression was that Mary was just another wife who thought murder was the way to rid herself of an unhappy marriage. At her arraignment there was something about her that made my heart go out to her. I don't believe much in the modern "abuse" theory to explain away murder nor do I believe post-partum depression is an excuse for murder. I suspect she is protecting someone and I suspect she will plead guilty to something like manslaughter and the public will never know what really happened or why.