Mary Winkler, wife of slain minister Matthew Winkler, has confessed to killing him, police in Selmer, Tennessee, say.
The wife of a minister found dead in the church parsonage has confessed to shooting him and fleeing to Alabama, where she was found the following night with their three young daughters, authorities said Friday.
Mary Winkler told investigators she shot her husband on Wednesday, Selmer Police investigator Roger Rickman said.
Matthew Winkler, the 31-year-old minister at Selmer’s Church of Christ, was found dead Wednesday night in a bedroom of the parsonage after church members went looking for him for the evening service.
Mary Winkler’s father, reached in her hometown of Knoxville, Tenn., declined to comment Friday.
“I don’t have anything to say. I appreciate your interest. I just have nothing to say right now,” Clark Freeman told The Associated Press.
According to the cops, the kids didn’t witness the murder and (at the time of Winkler’s arrest) had no idea their father was dead.