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Tampa military mom's murder case in jury's hands

May 15, 2014
Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida jury has begun deliberating whether a former Army officer's wife knew what she was doing when she killed her two teenagers or whether she was insane at the time and couldn't tell right from wrong.

After daylong closing arguments Thursday, the jury started talking at about 4:45 p.m., and the judge says he will give them until 6:30 p.m. to deliberate before adjourning. Unless they are close to 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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