Saturday, 26 February 2011

FILICIDE (Multiple): Florida: Julie Scheneker pleads not guilty to First Degree

, 16 Feb 2011,
TAMPA - The Tampa mother accused of killing her two teenage children was back in court Wednesday morning, where she pleaded not guilty to the crime.
Julie Schenecker was very heavily restrained and was surrounded by extra deputies during the hearing, FOX 13's Warren Elly reports.
Schenecker faced two counts of premeditated first-degree murder. Police say she wrote a note saying she planned to kill Beau and Calyx for being "mouthy."
Her husband and the father of the children -- who was overseas serving in the military when the murders happened -- was not present for the hearing. Col. Parker Schenecker is apparently not participating in his wife's defense as she told the court she is indigent and requested a public defender.
A family spokesperson issued a statement on his behalf that read, in part:
"Colonel Parker Schenecker is currently out of the state and was unable to attend Wednesday's arraignment for Julie Schenecker. Currently, he is meeting with family members and close friends to formalize his plans to honor the memory of Calyx and Beau. At the same time, he is considering the best path to help him heal from this tragedy."
The next status hearing in the case was set for April 5.

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