Testimony for Schenecker Begins

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Jurors in the trial of a mother accused of killing her two children saw photos of various items around the family's home.

Monday was the first day in the trial of Julie Schenecker, who has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to two counts of first-degree murder. Police say Schenecker fatally shot her teenagers in January 2011 while then-husband was deployed overseas.

After prosecutors and attorneys gave opening statements, a crime scene technician told the court about notes and journal entries found in the house, including a sticky note on a calendar that detailed where the teens' bodies were.

Schenecker's attorneys say their client was profoundly mentally ill and they plan to use an insanity defense.

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