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First court appearance rescheduled for Tampa Palms mother accused of killing two kids

TAMPA — Last seen violently shaking as she was led to jail on charges she murdered her two teenage children, a Tampa Palms mom is expected to be well enough to face a judge today.

Arrested Friday, Julie Powers Schenecker was taken to the intensive care unit of Tampa General Hospital later that night with an undisclosed ailment investigators said had afflicted her before the arrest. While she was in the hospital, she missed two court appearances over the weekend.

But she was released from Tampa General Hospital and taken back to a Hillsborough County jail before noon Sunday, where she was placed in the infirmary.

"Julie Powers Schenecker is expected to be in court tomorrow morning for first appearance," the Sheriff's Office said in a statement Sunday.

At that hearing, a judge sets bail and determines if she has or needs an attorney.

Schenecker, who marked her 50th birthday two weeks before the shooting, was being held with no bail on two first-degree murder charges. Jail records list "none" as her attorney's name.

On Friday, police said they found Schenecker at her Tampa Palms home, her clothes soaked with her children's blood.

She told police she was sick of her teenagers talking back. So she used a .38-caliber pistol bought five days earlier to shoot them, and then planned to kill herself, investigators said.

Schenecker picked up her son, 13-year-old Powers Beau Schenecker, from soccer practice Thursday and shot him twice, an arrest affidavit says. She then walked upstairs and shot her daughter, 16-year-old Calyx Schenecker, as she did her homework, the affidavit says.

The children's father, Army Col. Parker Schenecker, was in the Middle East at the time. He is assigned to U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa.

On Sunday, balloons waved from a makeshift memorial set up outside the gated Tampa Palms community where the Scheneckers live.

On Facebook, the "Official Calyx and Beau Schenecker Memorial" page urged King High School students to wear Harry Potter clothing today in honor of Calyx, and Liberty Middle School students to wear blue, Beau's favorite color.

Three days after Schenecker's arrest, the question of what went on in the household leading up to the shooting lingers.

Police released no new information. Family members of the Scheneckers could not be reached. Friends and acquaintances have said they are shocked.

The Florida Department of Children and Families looked into the family about two months ago, but determined a tip leading to the review was unfounded. An agency spokesman said Sunday that DCF plans to release a version of its report later this week.

Last fall, Julie Schenecker was involved in a car crash in Tampa and cited for careless driving.

A Florida Highway Patrol report shows the Nov. 8 crash caused bodily injury and $26,500 of property damage, but doesn't explain who was injured or what property was damaged. Schenecker paid a $151 fine and attended traffic school, the report said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. Shelley Rossetter can be reached at srossetter@sptimes.com or (813) 226-3374.

First court appearance rescheduled for Tampa Palms mother accused of killing two kids 01/30/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 9:06am]
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