TAMPA, Fla. - After her attorneys asked to ensure Julie Schenecker's assets would be available in order to get paid, a judge sided with her estranged husband, and denied the request.
Schenecker is facing murder charges, accused of killing her two children in late January.
Attorneys for Julie Schenecker had filed a motion in court to have her assets frozen and a lien placed against her. Freezing her assets would ensure that Schenecker could pay the public defenders representing her in court.
In cases like Schenecker’s, in which a lengthy defense is necessary, a judge may determine she should have to pay for some of her legal defense, despite using a public defender.
“It is not unusual for a defendant who has the ability to pay to put in some money to defray the cost,” said Stephen Crawford, a former federal prosecutor and currently a defense attorney in Tampa.
Schenecker’s husband, Col. Parker Schenecker, however, filed an opposition to the motion. He is trying to divorce his wife.
According to the document his attorney filed, freezing Julie Schenecker’s assets would have delayed divorce proceedings. He was also concerned he would ultimately have to pay for her defense costs, which he does not want to do.
“Much more disturbingly (than delaying the divorce proceedings), however, it appears to be an attempt to compel Colonel Schenecker -- who had only intended to participate in these proceedings to give a voice to his children, the victims -- to fund the defense,” the court document reads.
Circuit Judge Ashley Moody ruled Thursday afternoon without a hearing.
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