Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Wife Who Killed Preacher Set Free

Amazing. This story has me so mad, I can barely express it. Preacher's wife kills him, then walks after 7 months. Part of the reason she ended up getting a light sentence is because during her defense she claimed to have been abused by her husband (although she never filed a single complaint against him during the time of her so-called abuse) . Then, after smearing his name during her trial , she gets to plead to a lesser charge, and after 7 months, now she's a free woman. Of course, she also wants to seek custody of the couples' three kids, after blowing their father away... in his sleep!

(CNN) -- After spending a total of seven months in custody, the Tennessee woman who fatally shot her preacher husband in the back was released on Tuesday, her lawyer told CNN. Mary Winkler, a 33-year-old mother of three girls, was freed from a Tennessee mental health facility where she was treated for depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, lawyer Steve Farese said.

Are you kidding me? "Injustice" is the first word that comes to mind. But beyond that, there's a clear element of gender bias here. Let me ask this, have you ever seen a case where a man killed his wife, admitted it, got convicted for it, then walked away after only 7 months in jail? Then again, the "I was abused" murder defense doesn't really work as well for men now, does it?

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