[UPDATE] Mom Claiming Insanity in Slaying of Teens

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

[UPDATE] 8-15 1:20 PM-- TAMPA, Fla. (AP) --

A Florida woman accused of killing her two teenage children will use an insanity defense.

Her public defenders filed their intention late Friday to claim
that 50-year-old Julie Schenecker couldn't discern right from wrong
when she shot each of the teens twice in the head on Jan. 27.

The filing said Schenecker was suffering from "bipolar disorder
with psychotic features."

Schenecker faces two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths
of her 16-year-old daughter, Calyx, and 13-year-old son, Beau, in
their Tampa home. She told authorities she did it because the
children had been "mouthy" and disrespectful.

Her husband told detectives that she had struggled for years with mental illness and recent substance-abuse issues.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. A trial date has not been set.


[UPDATE] 5-9 1:27 PM-- TAMPA, Fla. (AP) --

The husband of a Tampa woman accused of killing their two teenage children plans to file a wrongful death lawsuit against her.

Army Col. Parker Schenecker will file the lawsuit Monday against 50-year-old Julie Schenecker, his wife of 20 years. She is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of 16-year-old Calyx and 13-year-old Beau in January.

Her husband quietly filed for divorce, but says he was
"incredulous" over his wife's demands, which included $40,000 for
a lawyer and $10,000 for a forensic accountant. He says she also
wanted him to buy a life insurance police and name her as a

Schenecker says he wants to use the couple's money to do good
things in memory of their children.


[UPDATE] 3-28 12:14 PM-- TAMPA, Fla. (AP) --

Investigators want to look at the Facebook postings, Internet searches and emails sent by a Tampa mother who is accused of killing her two teenage children.

In a search warrant filed in Hillsborough County court Friday,
detectives wrote that they want to seize five computers from Julie
Schenecker's home.

The 50-year-old Schenecker is facing trial on two first-degree
murder charges. Authorities say she shot and killed her two
teenagers at the family's home at the end of January.

In the warrant, investigators said they want to determine
whether Schenecker had posted anything online or written emails
that would indicate violent activity or behavior patterns prior to
the shootings.

Schenecker is being held at the Hillsborough County Jail without

[UPDATE] 3-21 1:33 PM-- TAMPA, Fla. (AP) --

Prosecutors and defense attorneys for a Tampa woman accused of killing her two teenagers are getting more time to scrutinize the case.

Both sides have asked a judge for more time to make decisions in
the case of Julie Schenecker. The 50-year-old woman pleaded not
guilty to two counts of first-degree murder on Feb. 16. Schenecker
is accused of fatally shooting her 13-year-old son and 16-year-old
daughter on Jan. 28

Prosecutors want extra time to decide whether to seek the death
penalty. Schenecker's attorneys want more time to determine whether
they will use an insanity defense.

Schenecker is being held at the Hillsborough County Jail without


[UPDATE] 2-16 9:45 AM--

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) --

Julie Schenecker has made a brief appearance
in a Florida court to plead not guilty to the Jan. 28 shooting
deaths of her 13-year-old son and 16-year-old daughter.

Heavy security was in the Tampa courtroom Wednesday morning as
the 50-year-old woman, dressed in a red jail outfit, sat with her
hands shackled in front of her.

The judge appointed the public defender's office to represent
her for now.

Assistant Public Defender Robert Frasier says he intends to file
a motion to freeze the family's assets until they can decide who
will pay for her defense.

The Hillsborough County grand jury formally charged her with two
counts of premeditated first-degree murder on Feb. 10. The charges
could carry the death penalty if she is convicted.


[UPDATE] 2-6 4:40 PM--

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- The two Florida teenagers allegedly killed by their mother are being remembered as outgoing, loving children who will not be forgotten.

In obituaries running in the Dallas-Fort Worth area on Sunday and Monday, Calyx and Beau Schenecker, who died in Tampa, are described as being devoted friends and students.

Sixteen-year-old Calyx is remembered as model student, published artist and tenacious cross country and track athlete. Beau is described as a lovable person who had countless friends.

Police say the teens were shot by their mother, Julie Schenecker, who told detectives they were "mouthy."

The teens' bodies were found after their grandfather called from Texas and asked police to check on her daughter. A memorial service will be held in Fort Worth on Tuesday.


[UPDATE] 2-4-2011

Tampa, FL (AP) - A private memorial service was held at MacDill Air Force Base for two teens who were allegedly killed by their mother.

The memorial for 16-year-old Calyx and 13-year-old Beau Schenecker was held Friday. Police say they were shot by their mother, Julie Schenecker, one week ago.

The teens' father, Col. Parker Schenecker, works at U.S. Central
Command, which is located at MacDill.

A family spokeswoman said in a release that Parker Schenecker told the people in attendance Friday that his teens were lucky to have "an incredible extended family."

Another service will be held Feb. 8 in Fort Worth, Texas.


[UPDATE] 2-3 10:40AM -- TEMPLE TERRACE, Fla. (AP) --

The father of two Tampa teens who authorities say were killed by their mother says he is humbled by the support he's received since his son and daughter were found dead last week.

Army Col. Parker Schenecker spoke during a memorial service
Wednesday night at the First Baptist Church of Temple Terrace. His
wife, 50-year-old Julie Powers Schenecker is charged with fatally
shooting her 13-year-old son Beau and 16-year-old daughter Calyx.

The grieving father told his children's friends, "please don't
forget how they lived."

Friends and teachers shared memories of the Schenecker children
during the celebration of life service.

At times, Parker Schenecker stood with open arms to hug the

"I can't thank you enough," he told the crowd.

[UPDATE] 1-31 11:15AM --

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) --

Police say the Tampa woman accused of killing her two teenagers showed signs of drug impairment following a November car crash.

Julie Powers Schenecker struck a vehicle towing a trailer. A
Florida Highway Patrol report released Monday said Schenecker had
dilated pupils with no reaction to light and "mush-mouthed

Officers didn't do a field sobriety test because she was taken
to the hospital. When officers went to the hospital to obtain a
blood sample, Schenecker had already checked out.

She was charged with careless driving.

Police allege Schenecker fatally shot her 16-year-old daughter
and 13-year-old son last week. She told detectives they were being

Schenecker appeared in court Monday on two counts of
first-degree murder.


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) --

The woman accused of killing her two teenagers was investigated in November for child abuse.

In a record released Monday by Tampa police, Julie Powers
Schenecker's daughter, Calyx, told a counselor that her mother had
hit her in the face. The report also said the girl was seeing a
counselor "for verbal abuse towards her mom."

The teen told officers that her mother struck her several times.

Schenecker appeared in court Monday on two first-degree murder
charges. She is accused of killing 16-year-old Calyx and
13-year-old Beau last Thursday. She was found Friday by police
sitting on her back porch, covered in blood.

Police said she told detectives that she shot the children
because they were "mouthy."


[UPDATE] 1-31 10:15AM --

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) --

The Florida woman accused of killing her teenage children held a tissue and cried as she made her first court appearance.

Judge Walter Heinrich ordered 50-year-old Julie Powers
Schenecker held without bail during the Monday, Jan. 31 hearing in Tampa.

Two female deputies held Schenecker by the arms during the video
proceeding. Her court-appointed attorney did not make a statement.

Schenecker is accused of shooting her 13-year-old son Beau twice
in the head "for talking back" Thursday evening, then shooting
her 16-year-old daughter Calyx in the face while she was studying
at a computer.

Officers found Schenecker covered in blood Friday morning.

Her husband, Parker Schenecker, is an Army officer. He was
working in the Middle East when the shootings happened.


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida woman accused of killing her teenage daughter and son has been released from a hospital and is back in jail.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says Julie Powers Schenecker was taken to jail late Sunday morning. She was being treated for an unknown medical condition that existed before her arrest Friday. She is scheduled to make her first court appearance Monday morning.

Authorities say Schenecker shot her son twice in the head in the
family car because he was talking back as she drove him to soccer
practice. They say Schenecker then drove to their upscale home and
shot her daughter in the face inside the home.

Schenecker's husband is an Army officer who was working overseas
when the shootings happened.

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  • by Anonymous on Aug 16, 2011 at 06:49 AM
    my husband is Bipolar, Im still alive... my mom said I was mouthy, I'm still alive. This WOMAN did NOT want to be a mother, like casey anthony... she will most likely play the SOB story, and get away with it, or be put in a hospital because EVERYONE is on mental issues now a days. BS! you killed your babies, and now the state should kill you... if you are mentally ill... good ridence! I have no sympathy for ANYONE who kills a child, disease, disorder, or NOT!
  • by TIR on Aug 15, 2011 at 06:09 PM
    A white person who kills their child/children. This is not anything new for these people, that is what they do, they kill them and molest them...Why, because white people are the most evil animals on the planet....PERIOD.
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      by OMG on Aug 16, 2011 at 07:04 AM in reply to TIR
      Why does it always have to be a black/white thing. Two children are dead. Don't point fingers at the race point them at the guilty no matter what color they are.
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      by Yeah right on Aug 16, 2011 at 07:15 AM in reply to TIR
      One white person judging another one. Your starving for human interaction aren't you. Sorry but I do not believe your black.
  • by Jake on Aug 15, 2011 at 05:45 PM
    Claiming insanity....ya think?
  • by Carrie Location: Perry Florida on Aug 15, 2011 at 05:40 PM
    Casey Anthony got off for killing a baby so I know this mom will get off for killing her two teenage kid
  • by Natty Bumppo Location: Tally on Aug 15, 2011 at 01:34 PM
    I have a relative that is/was actually acquainted with this woman. Not friends, rather friend of a friend, but they had met a few times. Apparently the woman's children were truly awful. Both to her, and in general. I don't think the kids behaved in such a way that they deserved to die, but I am sure that there is now 25% less back-talk, tantrum throwing and sassback in North Tampa. Of course the awfulness on her children is still the mother's responsibility (to some degree).
  • by Steve Location: Marietta, Georgia on Aug 15, 2011 at 01:16 PM
    [Florida native, resident] I would put this pile in a hospital, pump her fool of antipsychotic chemicals until she would be sane enough to stand trial. Then keep her sane long enough to put her in the chair! Thanx.
  • by Jennifer Location: Tallahassee on Aug 15, 2011 at 12:30 PM
    If Casey Anthony got off then I'm sure this lady will. True there must be something about her that's crazy but I doubt she is insane. She was sane enough to load the gun and point it at her kids and shoot them TWICE each. I say hang her for all to see!!
  • by concern Location: tallahassee on Aug 15, 2011 at 10:44 AM
    thats no excuse killing her kids thats what happens when drugs takes over your life god will judge her one day
  • by GUCCI on May 10, 2011 at 02:29 PM
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      by Flocka on Aug 15, 2011 at 11:06 AM in reply to GUCCI
      Come on now you know they DIDN'T!!!!!
  • by jenny Location: leon on May 9, 2011 at 04:20 PM
    now i know she is nuts.
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