Julie Schenecker: Trial begins with jury selection for mom accused of killing her teen children

TAMPA - Julie Schenecker will finally see her day in court.

Schenecker will be answering to two counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of her children, Calyx,16, and her brother Beau, 13, their ages at the time of the murders in January of 2011.

According to Tampa Police, when they arrived at the family's New Tampa home they found Beau shot to death in the backseat of the family car, and Calyx's lifeless body in an upstairs bedroom.  Schenecker, a former military intelligence officer and interrogator, was on the back porch covered in blood.

ABC Action News legal expert Jeffrey Swartz of the Thomas M. Cooley Law School says there will be three key elements of this trial to watch for.

First, the jury pool.  Who will attorneys seat on the twelve-person jury?  The interview process in this case is more important than ever. 

Second, how well the defense utilizes their expert witnesses.  

"Physiologists, psychiatrists, pharmacologists will probably be called," according to Swartz.  "These people will be able to testify that [Schenecker] was a troubled woman.  One dealing with bi-polar disorder, heavily medicated, and a functioning alcoholic.  All of those things they will have to argue lead to the unfortunate events and possibly could work as an insanity defense.  Or even get her lesser charges."

Third, the post arrest interview recordings with Schenecker and detectives will serve a huge purpose.  In them, you can hear Schenecker slurring her words, having trouble speaking and even admitting her disorder and that she was drinking while on her medication.

Swartz says we will also watch to see if Schenecker's husband, Col. Parker Schenecker will take the stand. 

The Colonel was in Afghanistan at the time of the murders.  Detailed emails between the two will also serve as strong evidence against Schenecker.  In emails they sent to each other, she writes to her husband "it will all be over soon."  Telling him how the children started to misbehave and weren't listening like they should.

Swartz says he thinks the trial will be a long one, full of expert witness testimony and recordings from the days immediately following the murders, where Sehenecker gives authorities her account of what happened.

If convicted of two counts of first degree murder, Schenecker is facing life in prison without the possibility of parole.

You can watch the trial in its entirety as we stream it live on Action News Now to your mobile devices (download the app at http://wfts.tv/ OgsPWZ ) and to your computer at http://wfts.tv/1jGWUtl .

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