Preacher’s wife gets lesser charge in murder trial
I have been watching the trial of Mary Winkler closely. She is the preacher’s wife who shot her husband because, according to her, he was a tyrant and abusive. The preacher man would not give his wife a divorce, but instead forced her to have sex when she did not want to and abused her emotionally and physically.
I was interested in how this would turn out because if she was found guilty of first degree murder, that would send a strong statement to women around the nation that they should not stand up to their abusive men.
On the other hand, she killed someone and should be accountable for her actions. A guilty verdict for first degree murder would have put her in jail for at least 51 years. Since she was found guilty of voluntary man slaughter instead, she will serve three to six years. I think this was an equitible decision.
There might be some who think this lady should have just walked away and left her husband alive. Those same people have no idea what a true tyrant can be like. If he did not want her to leave, he would not let her. Not to mention that there were children involved as well.
I feel like justice was served in this case. It seems that although justice turned it’s back on women yesterday via the Supreme Court decision to ban a certain type of abortion, today (thanks to a jury of mostly women) justice has graced us with her smile again.
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