Mother Convicted of Murdering Two Kids for Being ‘Mouthy’

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CNN – After deliberating for just two hours, a jury of eight men and four women in Hillsborough County, Florida, found Julie Schenecker guilty of two counts of first-degree murder for charges related to the 2011 shooting deaths of her two children.

Schenecker, 53, was charged with murder in the deaths of her daughter, 16-year-old Caylx, and her son, 13-year-old Beau. The state did not seek the death penalty.

Schenecker addressed the judge before he sentenced her to two life sentences without the possibility of parole, plus an additional 25 years per count, to be served concurrently.

“Your honor, I’m prepared and I accept your sentence. I apologize to everybody in this courtroom who have broken their lives,” Schenecker said through tears. “I know our children are in heaven. I want people to try to find comfort in believing as I do that they are in no pain and they are alive and enjoying everything and anything heaven has to offer,” she added.

Prosecutors presented evidence of premeditation at trial, including a journal in which Schenecker wrote out her plans for the “Saturday Massacre” as well as a receipt for the Smith & Wesson revolver she purchased days before the shootings.

In an interview with police, Schenecker said she shot her son to death while driving him to soccer practice on the night of January 27. Afterward, Schenecker said, she returned home, parked her van in the garage and shot her son one more time in the mouth — “his mouthy mouth,” she told authorities.

Still armed with the handgun, Schenecker told investigators, she went inside the home and shot her daughter twice in the head while Calyx was doing homework on her computer. Schenecker said she then wheeled her daughter’s body over to her bed and covered her body with a blanket.

At the time of the killings, Schenecker’s then-husband, U.S. Army Colonel Parker Schenecker, was working overseas in Afghanistan. Prosecutors argued Schenecker intended for her husband to find the children’s bodies when he returned home, citing Schenecker’s email to her husband indicating that the family was waiting for him, and the notes found on the home’s front door saying Schenecker and the children went to New York City and would be back Tuesday — the day Parker Schenecker was scheduled to return.

During her interview with detectives, Schenecker stated that she shot her children to death for talking back to her and being “mouthy.”

At the time of the killings, Schenecker’s defense attorneys said, she was being treated for depression, bipolar disorder and substance abuse. Jurors heard testimony from several mental health experts who detailed Schenecker’s long history of mental illness.

Schenecker’s defense suggested to the jury that Parker Schenecker was distant in the way he handled Schenecker’s illness. Lead defense attorney Jennifer Spradley accused Parker Schenecker of knowingly leaving his suicidal wife behind to go to the Rose Bowl with his son. However, moments later Spradley told jurors that Parker Schenecker wasn’t to be blamed for the children’s death.

The defense also implied that Schenecker’s treating psychiatrist, Dr. Demian Obregon was “in over his head” when he began treating Schenecker at the start of his psychiatric rotation in the summer of 2010. The defense portrayed their client as someone who had suffered from severe mental illness for two decades and someone who took great steps to try and relieve herself of some of the mental anguish she was suffering, but that she was unable to combat the illness.

Schenecker’s attorneys argued their client was legally insane when she shot her children to death, and was unable to tell right from wrong.


  • stevie

    Glad guns are so accessible. I’m suprised she didn’t use their stand your ground law for her defense. It’s such a great law. I’m glad we consistently pass more pro gun laws but we are so objective for others such as gays to have the same liberties we have.

  • Holly

    Yes because this is completely about the gun. Nevermind the fact that she has a twenty year history of mental disorders. I do agree that background checks for guns should be more in-depth and gun sales should be denied to those with unstable mental history, but that’s the extent of it. Don’t make this about the gun. She’s a crazy person who should have never been left alone with children.

  • Jimmy Bob

    Yes a crazy person with a Gun. If she would’ve had a knife, for example, those kids might have been able to defend themselves or run for help.

  • breanna terry

    I can not be live this I would not kill my kids if they did that I would make them go to there mom

  • Nate

    ITS NOT ABOUT THE GUN !! . . . This woman was mentally ill. Just like hundreds of thousands of people in our society. She could have easily purchased a tactical knife…….. AND STILL KILLED HER CHILDREN. ….. She could easily have poisoned them, since I’m sure she provides them meals from time to time…….. Truth is, there are hundreds of ways she could have accomplished her objective here. . . . . The point is that she killed her children !!! PERIOD !! . . . And for what? . . . . Being “Mouthy” ? . . . Lord help us. I fear that it’s only going to get worse, given the society we live in today.

    • Mark Smith

      Nate, sure hope ur not a gun owner. If you are, please relinquish your guns and get a psych eval. All the yelling above indicates some unbalance.

  • JR

    Yea we all know this world will be a better place when every single person is carrying a gun around. There is a reason why as our society became a more civilized there where less guns on the streets. Now it seems like all we do is pass more pro gun laws because we have a black democratic president who is supposedly trying to take away our gun rights. Give me a break. I don’t have a problem with people owning guns to protect their homes or to go hunting. I just think it’s unnecessary to carry a gun just about every where you go. What ever happened to just walking away from a confrontation or calling the cops, the people we pay to handle these things?

  • JR

    Now if we try and pass laws to keep people, like this crazy lady who killed two innocent children, we say there invading our 2nd amendment.

  • JR

    How many times do you watch your local news and see a story of someone committing an act if violence with a gun? It seems like that’s almost all the Republican Party bases their strategy on now is our 2nd amendment and how their trying to rake away our guns. What ever happened to a better quality of life? While their sitting in office getting paid by lobbying groups, including gun manufacturers, we’re getting poorer and have less money in our pockets. Wake up people.

    • Mark Smith

      JR. It’s not the.Republicans who are trying to take away guns. It’s the democrats you dumba##

  • JR

    I was referring to the Republican Party basing their campaigns on how the Democrats are trying to supposedly take away our guns. Nice name calling by the way. How old are you?

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