NBC Dateline takes a look at “The Preacher’s Wife” tonight

NBC Dateline will take a look at “The Preacher’s Wife” at 9 tonight on WAFF TV, featuring a story on Mary Winkler, who was found guilty of murdering her husband last month.

It’s a story that made headlines across the country.

A small-town preacher was killed early one morning in his own parsonage as he slept.

This case would open a pandora’s box of secrets — because the pious and charismatic preacher, it seemed, was a different man when he stepped away from the pulpit.

Dateline correspondent Keith Morrison will preview “The Preacher’s Wife” tonight at 9 p.m. on WAFF TV.

Mary Winkler was convicted of voluntary manslaughter for the shooting death of her minister husband, Matthew, in the Selmer, Tenn., parsonage where the family lived in March 2006.

Winkler testified during her trial that her husband hit and kicked her, forced her to look at pornography and demanded sex she considered unnatural. Jurors were shown a pair of tall, platform shoes and a black wig Winkler said she was pressured to wear during sex.

Church members found Matthew Winkler’s body and reported his wife and children missing. They were located the following day in Orange Beach, Ala.

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