[UPDATE] Police: Wife of Army Officer Kills Her 2 Children

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Updated Saturday, January 29

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Officials say the woman accused of killing
her teenage daughter and son is being treated at a hospital.

Authorities say Julie Powers Schenecker was taken to Tampa
General Hospital shortly after midnight Saturday to be treated for
a medical condition that existed before she was taken to jail.

Police said Schenecker shot and killed her son on the way to
soccer practice Thursday night, then drove to their upscale home
and shot her daughter in the head while the girl studied at her
computer. The teens' bodies were found Friday morning, after
Schenecker's mother called police and told them she was concerned
after her daughter had sent an e-mail saying she was depressed.

Schenecker's husband is an Army officer who was in the Middle
East when the shootings happened.

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Tampa, FL (AP) - Police say the wife of a military officer
shot and killed her son on the way to soccer practice, then drove
to their upscale home and shot her daughter in the head while she
studied at her computer.

Afterward, the woman told detectives she killed the teens for
being "mouthy."

Police spokeswoman Laura McElroy says Julie Powers Schenecker
admitted the slayings after officers found her covered in blood on
the back porch of her home Friday morning.

Schenecker was jailed and charged with two counts of
first-degree murder.

Her mother had called police from Texas because she was unable
to reach the 50-year-old woman, who she said was depressed and had
been complaining about her children.

Schenecker's husband, Parker Schenecker, is an Army colonel
stationed at the headquarters of U.S. Central Command at MacDill
Air Force Base in Tampa.

A CentCom spokesman says the father had been away for several
days when the killings happened.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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