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Julie Schenecker may take the Insanity Plea

Julie Schenecker shot her two teenage kids in cold blood while her husband was on duty in Afghanistan. Her trial is to proceed and she may take the insanity plea since she was facing mental health issues.

Apr 29 2014, 5:02am CDT | by

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Julie Schenecker may take the Insanity Plea

Julie Schenecker will be facing the full brunt of the jury as her trial is set to proceed for the next three weeks or so. She has been indicted for the brutal murder of her two kids, 16 year old Calyx and 13 year old Beau. 

According to Tampa Police, "When they arrived at the family's New Tampa home they found Beau shot to death in the backseat of the family car, and Calyx's lifeless body in an upstairs bedroom.  Schenecker, a former military intelligence officer and interrogator, was on the back porch covered in blood."

Julie Schenecker committed the deed about three years ago. Now the case is ready to enter into its serious phase. This coldhearted lady had pre-planned the killings. She bought a pistol with which she shot her son while she was taking him to soccer practice. And she put two bullets in her daughter’s brain while she was doing her homework on the computer. 

Police came to know of this when Julie’s mother called them frantically saying that she had received a suicide email from her daughter. Julie was trembling when she was apprehended. It was plain as the light of day that she was the homicidal maniac. 

When asked by the judge if she was responsible for the killing of her two young children, Julie responded in the affirmative and gave the odd reason of them misbehaving and badmouthing her. 

No doubt, Julie had issues. She was a tormented soul and probably needs psychiatric help. Not only was she diagnosed as depressed, she had bipolar disorder and was an alcoholic. 

Besides all this, she was on drugs. It is obvious that Julie was not in her senses when she committed the horrible deeds. She had even sent her husband, a colonel serving along with US troops in Afghanistan, emails saying that it would all be over soon. 

She had also been in conflict with her children over their supposed intransigence. Julie will probably get a life imprisonment sentence instead of the death penalty. 

Her lawyers are ready to employ the insanity plea since it seems most appropriate here. The jury members are being selected very carefully for her trial. No prejudice will be welcome in the proceedings.

"Just from what I've seen in the news … I would have been under the impression she was guilty," the first juror told Tampabay. "I already have that mentality."

"Physiologists, psychiatrists, pharmacologists will probably be called," according to ABC Action News legal expert Jeffrey Swartz of the Thomas M. Cooley Law School.  "These people will be able to testify that [Schenecker] was a troubled woman.  One dealing with bi-polar disorder, heavily medicated, and a functioning alcoholic.  All of those things they will have to argue lead to the unfortunate events and possibly could work as an insanity defense.  Or even get her lesser charges."  


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