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McMinnville residents speak out about Mary Winkler

In her first interview ever, Mary Winkler shares her story with the world in a one-on-one interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Winkler's the woman accused of killing her minister husband, Matthew.

How do people where Mary live feel about all the publicity all over again?

Along the city streets of McMinnville, and over the airwaves of WAKI radio station, opinions swirl.

The discussion focused on Mary Winkler.

Listeners speak out about the woman convicted in April of voluntary manslaughter, in the March 2006 shotgun slaying of her husband, popular Church of Christ minister, Matthew Winkler.

"I don't think it was right because there are different ways she could have gone about it. She killed a person. I think life in prison would be enough," says WAKI listener.

Instead Winkler served only 12 days in jail and about 2 months in a mental health facility.

She's back home now in McMinnville.

So, how do towns people feel about her punishment and the publicity surrounding the case?

We ask WAKI News Director Jay Walker.

"Most people think she should be left alone. There are those who resentful of her being here. The fact she's not in jail husband's dead she's out able to make a life for herself," says Walker.

Speaking only to "The Oprah Winfrey Show," Winkler talked one-on-one about allegations of abuse in her marriage, details from the day her husband died, and why she's decided to speak out now.

"There's a lot of things that don't make sense to me it doesn't make sense to me either. I know I know," says Winkler.

Hard for Winkler to put into words, even more difficult for others to understand what went wrong between a happy couple that appeared happy.

We learned today Mary is still employed with Cleaners Express and has attended a few high school football games since her release.

She's also looking to buy a house.

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