Mary Winkler moved to mental health facility

Mary Winkler, a preacher’s wife who was convicted in April of involuntary manslaughter in the shotgun slaying of her husband in Selmer, has been moved from the McNairy County Jail to a mental health facility.

Circuit Court Judge J. Weber McCraw signed a sealed order Wednesday allowing Winkler, 33, to be moved to the unnamed facility to receive treatment for longstanding mental health issues including post traumatic stress disorder, mild depression and mild personality disorder.

“At the provider’s request and to ensure she has the treatment she needs, the name and location of the facility are not being disclosed,” said Sue Allison, spokesman for the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts.

Winkler was convicted in April of shooting her husband of 10 years, Matthew Winkler, who was the pulpit preacher at the Fourth Street Church of Christ. He was shot in the back while in bed on March 22 last year. His wife told jurors he was abusive to her.

McCraw sentenced Mary Winkler to 210 days in jail. She received 143 days of jail credit she served before being released on bond last August. The judge said earlier this month that she could serve the last 60 days of her sentence at facility where she could receive mental health treatment.

She had been in jail in Selmer since June 8.

Winkler also is in a legal battle with her husband’s parents over custody of her three young daughters.

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