Seven years after she brutally murdered her two teen children in what she claims was an act of insanity, Julie Schenecker is hoping she will receive a new trial.
According to WTVT, the convicted murderer now says her attorneys provided substandard counsel and omitted crucial evidence that would have demonstrated her diminished mental state.
As People reported, the Tampa, Florida, mother gave an interview after her 2014 conviction in which she said she would fatally shoot Calyx, 16, and Beau, 13, again if she had it to do over.
“I saved them,” she claimed at one point, asserting at another that she meant to commit suicide.
“I was only going to kill me,” she said in the 2015 interview. “I went to get a gun, but the store wouldn’t let me take it home that day. So I had to wait. If I had gotten it the day the day that I went to the gun store, I would have killed myself that day.”
Schenecker also claimed that she “took painkillers all the time” at that point and only had a hazy recollection of the events surrounding her children’s deaths.
When she was initially arrested, however, she reportedly told police that her kids were “mouthy.” Her later testimony attempted to walk back that statement.
She was given a life sentence at a court hearing in which she again acknowledged her guilt but denied a conscious motive.
“I know I shot my son and daughter,” she said through tears. “I don’t know why.”
Schenecker filed the motion for a new trial based on her belief that evidence not admitted at trial would have proven she was legally insane at the time of the shooting.
Legal experts point to evidence that was made public, however, in suggesting that it is unlikely she will be granted a new trial. Among that evidence was a diary that reportedly included a litany of complaints about the two young victims.
In addition to supposedly missing evidence including video footage from the hospital after the shooting, Schenecker claimed jury bias played a role in her conviction. Her motion claimed multiple jurors were seen sleeping in the jury box at different points during the trial.
[Featured image: Julie Schenecker, AP Photo/Daniel Wallace/pool photo]