Jurors temporarily dismissed after Schenecker outburst interrupts psychiatrist's testimony

A judge temporarily removed jurors from the courtroom Friday in the murder trial of Julie Schenecker after the New Tampa mother interrupted a cross examination of Damien Obregon, her former psychiatrist. 
 
The interruption came as a prosecutor asked Obregon whether he instructed Schenecker not to drink alcohol while taking medications he prescribed her for bipolar disorder and depression. Obregon testified that Schenecker refused to follow his directions.  (Watch video above)
 
“She refused. She said, ‘I’m not going to follow that?’” the prosecutor asked.
 
“Yes,” Obregon said.
 
“Even though you had formally and fully advised her that by doing that she was making a choice that could be adverse to her health?” the prosecutor asked.
 
“Essentially yes,” he said.
 
Schenecker spoke out before the prosecutor could ask his next question.
 
“Doctor, you told me I could have two drinks a day and two Oxys a day,” she said.
 
Schenecker's attorneys appeared stunned by the outburst. Her sister in the audience started to cry.

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“Let me explain – there will be no outbursts,” Judge Emmett Battles told her once jurors exited. “You do that again, I’ll have you appropriately retrained. Do you understand?”
 
Schenecker’s interruption came on the first day of her defense. She faces two counts of first-degree murder in the fatal shootings of her children, Calyx, 16, and Beau, 13, in January 2011.
 
Earlier on Friday, the defense called the family's former housekeeper to the stand. 
 
Michelle Frisco told jurors she cleaned the Schenecker house one day before the murders in 2011.
 
Frisco also testified that Schenecker struggled with depression following a return from alcohol rehab. She said Schenecker stayed in bed while she cleaned.
 
Obregon began treating Schenecker prior to the slayings in July 2010.
 
He said she stopped taking her antipsychotic medication because it was causing her to shake.
 
When police arrived at the family's New Tampa home after the slayings, they found Beau shot to death in the backseat of the family car and Calyx's lifeless body in an upstairs bedroom, according to police.
 
Schenecker, 53, a former military intelligence officer and interrogator, was on the back porch in her pajamas and robe, covered in blood.
 
Schenecker's husband, Col. Parker Schenecker, was deployed overseas at Qatar at the time of the murders.
 
The defense will continue its case 8:30 a.m. Monday.
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