Tampa mom will be evaluated before trial
Tampa mother accused of shooting her 2 teens will be evaluated by psychologists before trial
Prosecutors will hire state-retained psychologists to evaluate Julie Schenecker, the Tampa mother accused of fatally shooting her two children in 2011.
A court hearing was held Thursday for Schenecker. She is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
Officials say Schenecker shot her two children, Calyx and Beau, on Jan. 27, 2011. 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.
Her trial is scheduled for October.
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