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Attorneys: Colonel to blame for teens' deaths

Dec. 5, 2011 - 09:29PM   |   Last Updated: Dec. 5, 2011 - 09:29PM  |  
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TAMPA, Fla. Attorneys for a woman accused of killing her two teenage children say her Army officer ex-husband was negligent to leave them in the mentally ill woman's care.

In a Monday court filing, attorneys for Julie Schenecker, 50, claim Col. Parker Schenecker had a responsibility to his wife and children to make sure she received proper care, according to The Tampa Tribune.

Parker Schenecker deployed early this year.

Authorities say Julie Schenecker fatally shot their 16-year-old daughter, Calyx, and 13-year-old son, Beau, in their Tampa home, on Jan. 28.

Julie Schenecker's attorneys previously indicated they would use an insanity defense. Julie Schenecker faces two counts of first-degree murder, and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

A trial date has not been set.

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