TAMPA, Fla. - Prosecutors have rested their case in the Julie Schenecker murder trial. Her defense lawyers will begin presenting their case Friday.
The Tampa mother accused of killing her two teenagers told a detective hours after the bodies were found that they had been mean and she hoped they were dead.
Prosecutors played a recorded interview Wednesday between Schenecker and Tampa Police Det. Gary Sandel conducted in January 2011. (Transcript below)
Schenecker told Sandel that she shot the teens and that she wanted to commit suicide. During the interview, her voice was slow and slurred.
There was a brief delay Wednesday morning. Schenecker said her legs felt numb. The judge ordered her to be examined by a doctor. Following an evaluation, he ruled that testimony would continue.
Schenecker is charged with two counts of first-degree murder. Prosecutors say she killed her 16-year-old daughter Calyx and 13-year-old son Beau.
On Tuesday afternoon, Schenecker's former husband testified in court.
The two were married at the time of the killings. He said he had no safety concerns about leaving the children in her care.
Parker and Julie Schenecker were married for 20 years.