I don’t know if they knew each other. Very possibly they didn’t. Yet their lives are forever linked by means of their deaths. Both were killed in the the same week by domestic violence. Both had moved out and started over, both had gotten their kids out of the situation.
On Sat. Carma Russell, 31 was shot in the face outside a church, killing her. Her boyfriend Billy Nathan Lee, 47, was arrested and charged with her murder.
Rebecca Winkler 50, was shot in the head Monday night. Her estranged husband Louis Michael “Mick” Winkler, 45, is suspected in her murder.
Winkler is still at large. Prior to the murder he had been confined to his home, he was wearing a monitoring bracelet due to being on $150,000 bond on kidnapping and sexual assault charges involving Rebecca Winkler. Prior to Dec. he had been confined to his home full time, but effective Dec. a judge had granted permission for Winkler to leave home from 4 pm to 6 pm each day to “look for work”. The bracelet he was wearing was not a GPS enabled unit, it merely monitored that he remained within a certain distance from the base unit during the hours he was being monitored. Since he was on time away from home granted to him by the judge, then no alarms were triggered.
A car was stolen from the area early on Mon. but police aren’t sure if Winkler stole the car or if he is traveling on foot.
Domestic violence is about power and control. The abuser will go to any lengths to get it. And keep it. And if they find they cannot keep that power and control, they may try to destroy the other half of that relationship that didn’t work. The part that they see as the failure. The victim’s part. They will go to any lengths necessary to obliterate the signs of their failure to keep power and control.
The number of domestic related deaths in this area now stand at 3 in the last 5 days. Winkler remains at large.
Louis “Mick” Winkler is now in jail. Prosecutor’s say they intend to seek the death penalty.
Thanks to Scott Peisner we have an update. Louis “Mick” Winkler has been found guilty in the death of Rebecca Winkler. The jury also sentenced him to death. Quotes from Winkler include the following:
(The Judge) “ran the most unfair trial he’s ever seen.”
“totally biased against me,” adding, “I didn’t shoot my wife, the man who shot her sits among them,”
“I will appeal this until my last day,”