Left: Mary Winkler at her March 27 arraignment
(Selmer, TN) The attorney for accused murderer Mary Winkler suggested a possible direction for her legal defense in an interview with WREG-TV in Memphis.
"The public's consciousness is important in this case especially on how women are treated in this country and in some sections of this country," said Steve Farese, lead attorney in the "Memphis Dream Team" representing Mary Winkler.
When asked to clarify that statement, Farese suggested that there exists a culture of "men being physically bigger than women."
Farese's comments suggest some form of battered spouse defense.
The investigators in Alabama and Tennessee agree that Mary Winkler shared with them a motive for the killing, but they are not yet communicating her reasons for shooting Matthew Winkler. In press conferences, though, they have consistently denied that infidelity on the part of either spouse was a factor.
The Winkler case goes before the grand jury in June.