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Judge denies bail for Julie Powers Schenecker, accused of killing her children

TAMPA — A 50-year-old mother accused of killing her two teenage children was denied bail during a brief court appearance Monday morning.

Julie Powers Schenecker was dressed in a red jumpsuit and being held on each arm by officers at the Hillsborough County courthouse. She held tissues as tears streamed down her cheeks. She was not shaking or trembling, in contrast to her to appearance while in custody Friday.

Schenecker's public defender, Robert Fraser, did not make a statement.

An out-of-state relative's concern about not reaching the family led police on Friday to Schenecker. She was outside her Tampa Palms home covered in blood. Inside, police found Calyx, 16, and Beau, 13, both shot dead, along with a detailed note planning their murders and Schenecker's suicide.

Schenecker admitted then to police that she killed her children because she was tired of them talking back to her.

On Monday, Hillsborough County Judge W.R. Heinrich said she would be held without bail because of the two first-degree murder charges. Heinrich let Schenecker know that reporters were present for her first appearance in court because of the nature of her charges.

Schenecker missed two court appearances over the weekend because she was in the intensive care unit at Tampa General Hospital. Investigators did not say what she needed treatment for, but they said it afflicted her before Friday's arrest when she was seen violently shaking outside the jail.

The State Attorney's Office has not yet announced whether they will seek the death penalty in this case. Mark Cox, a spokesman for the office, declined to comment Monday.

Charles Traina, a major crimes bureau chief, said the public defender's office would not make any statement at this point.

Alexandra Zayas contributed to this report.

Judge denies bail for Julie Powers Schenecker, accused of killing her children 01/31/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 1:03pm]
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