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Winkler's attorneys filing for probation

MEMPHIS (AP) — Attorneys for Mary Winkler, convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of her minister husband, want her conviction wiped from her record.

Memphis television station WHBQ reported Saturday that her defense team has filed paperwork asking for judicial diversion.

Winkler, 33, currently is free on $750,000 bond, awaiting
sentencing. The voluntary manslaughter conviction carries a three- to six-year sentence, but if diversion were granted it would allow Winkler to serve her sentence on probation.

It also would expunge the conviction from her record.

Matthew Winkler, a 31-year-old preacher at the Fourth Street Church of Christ, was found in the Selmer church parsonage fatally shot in his back in March 2006. One day later, his wife was arrested on the Alabama coast at Orange Beach, driving the family minivan with their three young daughters.

Mary Winkler told jurors that her husband abused her physically and sexually. But she said she did not pull the trigger and the shotgun went off accidentally as she pointed it at him.

Matthew Winkler, was a 1993 graduate of Austin High School in Decatur.

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