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Winkler's Sisters Speak Out

Mary Winkler faces first degree murder charges for killing her pastor husband, Matthew. Mary Winkler faces first degree murder charges for killing her pastor husband, Matthew.
Winkler's sisters claim that Mary was an abused wife. Winkler's sisters claim that Mary was an abused wife.

Mary Winkler's family wants everyone to know she's a loving mother who was trapped in an abusive relationship. Her sisters Tabitha Freeman and Amanda Miller appeared on ABC's Good Morning America to speak about Mary.

"We had seen evidence that she was unhappy and abused," Freeman said.

Winkler faces first degree murder charges for killing her pastor husband, Matthew, in their home in Selmer in March.   

Mary's sisters said Mary is doing as well as can be expected while she awaits trial. Winkler is free on bond living with friends in McMinnville, working at a local dry cleaner. Her sisters said Mary misses her daughters.

"She, everyday, thinks about her daughters. She thinks about us, how we feel. She's a caring, loving sister," Miller said.

Two months ago, a judge ruled against Winkler, saying prosecutors can use statements she made the day of her arrest in the upcoming trial.

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