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Verdict reached in Tampa military mom murder trial

May 15, 2014
Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A jury has reached a verdict in the murder trial of a former Florida Army officer's wife accused of killing her two teenagers.

After daylong closing arguments Thursday, jurors started talking at about 4:45 p.m. and at about 6:30 it was announced they had a verdict.

Fifty-three-year-old Julie Schenecker is charged with two counts of first-degree murder. Prosecutors say she was sane when she shot and killed her 13-year-old son and 16-year-old daughter in Tampa in 2011.

The defense has argued that she suffered from years of mental illness and was legally insane during the time of the killings.

Both sides presented several mental health experts as witnesses.



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