TAMPA - New court documents take us inside the Tampa Palms home where Tampa Police say a mother took the lives of her two teenage children.
The search warrant filed by homicide detectives reads officers discovered 50-year old Julie Schenecker ‘unconscious when they entered the pool area.’ It goes on to say she ‘had dried blood on her white robe.’
And when one officer went upstairs to check on the children, the document reads he found a ‘deceased white female in a bed covered with a blanket.’
In the garage, a police Sergeant discovered the body of a second male child in the family van ‘covered in a blanket with trauma to the upper body.’
Detectives say Schenecker left a suicide note, although she didn't carry through with that part of her plan.
Along with the note, the search warrant shows police seized several items including five bullets in a Smith and Wesson box, a Smith and Wesson instruction manual and medication in the master bedroom as well as15 live bullets and five spent shell casings in the Master bathroom.
High-profile Tampa defense attorney John Fitzgibbons is not affiliated with the case, but says Schenecker’s defense will likely hinge on her mental state and any medication she was prescribed.
"If you just go out and shoot someone, that is a very tough defense. On the other hand, if it is the result of say, prescription drugs that a psychiatrist has prescribed, and there's an adverse reaction, then that can become a very defendable situation," said Fitzgibbons.
Colonel James Previtera who heads the Hillsborough County Jail system says Schenecker hasn’t had any visitors except for her public defenders.
Previtera also says she is being held in a confinement cell in the Faulkenburg Road Jail’s infirmary and there are no plans to move her.
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