Julie and Parker Schenecker divorce is granted

TAMPA - A Hillsborough County judge granted a divorce to Julie and Parker Schenecker Thursday.

Julie Schenecker is accused of murdering the couple's two teenage children in January.

Judge Cheryl Thomas approved the divorce at a brief hearing, saying "I find that the marriage is irretrievably broken. At this point sir, I will grant you the final judgment of dissolution. The court will execute that final judgment at this time."

Parker Schenecker, who was overseas on military deployment when the children were killed, filed for divorce after informing his wife in a jailhouse meeting.

An agreement over joint property is being worked out. 

Attorney John Fitzgibbons, who is not involved in the case, said marital assets are typically divided equally between husband and wife.

It may be difficult for some to accept that the wife is still entitled to that property.  "To have the spouse, the wife who without a doubt probably in anybody's mind probably shot the two children. To say that she's still involved in the marital assets strikes a lot of people as being hard."

"There's a lot of aspects to this case. Obviously the colonel is fighting this very hard. But it's going to be a tough burden for him to overcome that part of this marital estate belongs to her."

Julie Schenecker did not attend the meeting. She remains jailed without bond.

She's accused of shooting her son Beau, 13, and daughter Calyx, 16. She has pleaded not guilty.

According to investigators, Schenecker was driving her son to soccer practice when she shot him in the head twice for talking back to her. She then drove home and parked her van in the garage, leaving the victim on the front passenger-side seat.

Still armed, she reportedly went inside the house, walked up behind her daughter while she did her homework on the computer, and fired one shot into the back of her head and one shot to her face, detectives said.

Colonel Parker Schenecker is a military intelligence officer assigned to US Central Command (CENTCOM).

Schenecker's attorney also withdrew a motion to bring Julie to court to testify.

The Schenecker's marital assets are scheduled to be discussed in court on July 6.

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