TAMPA, Fla. (TBO.com) - About half the people interviewed as potential jurors in the Julie Schenecker murder trial have been excused from serving, either for hardship reasons or because they were exposed to news coverage and said they couldn't be fair.
Jury selection was scheduled to resume this morning for what is expected to be a three-week trial.
Schenecker is accused of murdering her two children, Calyx, 16, and Beau, 13, in January 2011. Police found the bodies after responding to the Sheneckers' New Tampa home after being called by Schenecker's worried mother.
The defense has notified the court that it plans an insanity defense.
Jury selection continued Tuesday in the Julie Schenecker murder trial. Circuit Judge Emmet Lamar Battles has a total of 300 potential jurors on call, including the 100 who were initially questioned on Monday and Tuesday. The judge and attorneys began interviewing jury candidates from a second group of 50 candidates late in the day Tuesday.
The jury pool includes two people who are married. “We're kind of a special couple,” said the wife, who survived the first round of questioning after saying she had seen only minimal news coverage and could be fair.
Her husband, however, was excused after he expressed concern about the contracting business where he is general manager. The company's building is being sold, he said, and he needs to find a new home for the business.
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