A Tennessee minister's wife was charged with shooting her husband to death in the parsonage.
Police say 32-year-old Mary Winkler of Selmer, Tennessee, confessed to the slaying after she and her three young daughters were found Thursday night in Orange Beach (Alabama). Police say she has waived extradition and will likely be returned to Tennessee on Saturday.
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agent John Mehr say authorities know the motive for the killing but he would not reveal it. He says police do not believe marital infidelity was a motive, but he would not comment on whether Mary Winkler had accused her husband of abuse. Mehr says the children were at the house when their father was shot and that authorities had recovered the weapon used to kill him.
Baldwin County District Attorney David Whetstone says the Winklers' three girls _ 1-year-old Breanna, 6-year-old Mary Alice, and 8-year-old Patricia _ will be sent back to Tennessee to live with their paternal grandparents. Matthew Winkler's father, Dan Winkler, attended a custody hearing today in Alabama. He says he's turning his attention to remembering his son and providing for the children.