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Schenecker defense unclear, no decision on seeking death penalty

TAMPA — In the case against Julie Schenecker, the Tampa Palms mother accused of murdering her two teenagers, attorneys need more time before they announce some big decisions — whether prosecutors will seek the death penalty, and whether public defenders will rely on a theory of insanity.

Florida rules of criminal procedure would have required attorneys to announce their intentions this spring, but both sides this week jointly asked a judge to extend those deadlines. Circuit Judge Ashley Moody is giving them until Aug. 15.

Police say that on Jan. 27, Schenecker shot her 13-year-old son Beau in the family van after school and shot her 16-year-old daughter Calyx as she sat at a computer at home. Police say the mother has confessed.

At her February arraignment, Schenecker pleaded not guilty, a standard move which means the prosecution will continue to bear the burden of proving her guilt.

Schenecker defense unclear, no decision on seeking death penalty 03/17/11 [Last modified: Thursday, March 17, 2011 3:29pm]
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