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Schenecker won’t face death penalty in murder trial

Schenecker won’t face death penalty in murder trial
Posted April 2nd, 2014 @ 6:25am

TAMPA, Fla. ( — Julie Schenecker’s lawyers have persuaded prosecutors to change their minds about seeking a death sentence for the woman accused of murdering her two teenage children in 2011.

Defense lawyers provided “overwhelming evidence of mitigation due to the mental health issues of the defendant,” according to a statement released Tuesday by the Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office, which continued, “it was determined that the imposition of the death penalty in this case would not withstand the scrutiny of the Florida Supreme Court.”

Prosecutors had no further comment and would not say whether Schenecker’s ex-husband, Parker Schenecker, had been consulted. He could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

Julie Schenecker suffers from bipolar disorder with psychotic features, according to the defense’s October court filing asserting an insanity defense in the killings of her children, Calyx, 16, and Beau, 13.

Authorities said Julie Schenecker shot Calyx because she was “mouthy” and Beau because he sassed back after soccer practice.

Her public defender, Jennifer Spradley, had no comment Tuesday on the prosecution’s announcement.

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