Wife Who Killed Minister Gets Kids

Mary Winkler reads a statement in court in Selmer, Tenn., Friday, June 8, 2007. Winkler was sentenced to three years in prison Friday for the March 2006 shooting death of her preacher husband Matthew Winkler. (AP Photo/Russell Ingle)
AP Photo/Russell Ingle
An attorney for Mary Winkler says the convicted killer has taken custody of her three daughters from her slain husband's parents.

Rachael Putnam, a custody attorney for Winkler, said the former minister's wife picked up the girls from Dan and Diane Winkler on Friday and the children will remain with her permanently in McMinnville.

Winkler was convicted of voluntary manslaughter last year for shooting her husband, Church of Christ minister Matthew Winkler, at their residence in Selmer.

She was sentenced to three years in prison but is free on probation.

The children, who are ages 11, 9 and 3, have been living with their grandparents since Winkler's arrest, but they have been visiting their mother through court-appointed visits for the past year.