May 1, 2006

Attorney for Mary Winkler Hints at Motive

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.


Anonymous said...

Figures. You just knew it had to be something like that.

historymike said...

Personally I didn't "know" anything, nor do I claim to, anonymous.

I am just morbidly curious why a seemingly happy family could get destroyed like this.

But, to acknowledge your point, one would assume that something uder the radar screen must have contributed to Mary Winkler's decision to shoot her husband.

Calico Jack said...

One possiblility is mental illness. If she isn't mentally ill, and so far she doesn't appear to be, the only other motive that makes sense is the battered wife scenario. He was beating her, so she dinged him. Personally, I don't have a problem with that.

Stephanie said...

"Personally, I don't have a problem with that."

As long as she's willing to pay the price to society (i.e., jail time) neither do I...than again, she shouldn't really have that as a choice.

Name withheld to protect the guilty said...

What on earth is a "culture of 'men being physically bigger than women?'" That's an accepted biological fact, not a culture thing. Talk about lawyer-speak...

Hooda Thunkit said...

That is exactly what I was thinking NWTPTG.