"She misses her daughters, but she's staying busy"
Luis Correa was also in the New York Grill on New Year's Eve and took pictures of Winkler with his camera phone. He claims someone went over to Winkler's table and asked if she killed her husband. He said she answered yes, in a joking manner and everyone around her was laughing.
News 2 spoke with Winkler's manager at the dry cleaners where she's employed. Her manager said it was on New Year's Eve that he and Winkler went out to New York Grill. He also said, "She's not the preacher's wife. She might have used to be the preacher's wife, but he is dead now. She's not married; she is no body's wife."
The issue of Winkler and the murder case is a divisive issue in McMinnville. Some have supported her, saying she did everything the justice system asked of her and has every right to be part of the community. Others don't think that is enough.
In another article about the crime, ABC news reports:
What's striking to many outsiders is how accepting and supportive the majority of the community has been to Winkler.
That sense of forgiveness, community members say, stems from the town's Christian roots and from its tendency to give people the benefit of the doubt.
Winkler's daughters are currently living with Matt's parents.
"She misses her daughters, but she's staying busy," said Miller, of her sister. "She's the loving Mary we used to know."
Yes, it's always best if you miss your kids and you are up on murder charges to hang out in a bar and laugh it up--it boggles my mind what people are willing to forgive, depending on your race and/or gender.
Update: Winkler's attorney is outraged by the photos of his client smoking in a bar. The pictures of the alleged husband killer are up on YouTube here and a promo of the pictures by a Memphis TV station are here. What do you think--should the TV station have run these pics and story?