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Shenecker Trial Postponed at Defense Team Request

Shenecker Trial Postponed at Defense Team Request

TAMPA, Fla. (970 WFLA/ AP)- A judge has agreed to postpone the trial for Julie Schenecker, the Tampa mother accused of fatally shooting her two children in 2011.

The trial was expected to begin later this year, but a judge agreed to postpone it until April after defense attorneys requested more time at a hearing Friday. The prosecutors didn't object.

Schenecker is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Officials say Schenecker shot her two children. Schenecker, who has a history of mental illness, told police she was tired of them talking back.

Schenecker's lawyers plan to use an insanity defense. They say that at the time of the shootings, Schenecker was being treated for depression, bipolar disorder and substance abuse. Detectives found numerous prescribed medications in the house.

 

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