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TAMPA, FL. (AP) - A Hillsborough County prosecutor says that one of the reasons a Tampa woman might have fatally shot her teenagers is because she was upset with her husband. During Julie Schenecker's trial on Monday, prosecutor Jay Pruner cross examined a psychiatrist who evaluated Schenecker. Dr. Michael Maher said Schenecker was angry at her husband, but also thought he was a "great guy."
The doctor said 53-year-old military mom gave contradictory feelings and statements because of her bipolar disorder with psychotic features.
Schenecker is charged with two counts of first-degree murder. The state is not seeking the death penalty, and contends that Schenecker knew right from wrong when she bought a gun and shot her 16-year-old daughter Calyx and her 13-year-old son Beau in January of 2011.
The trial continues Tuesday.
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- Scheneckers officially divorced
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- Psychologist: Mental illness drove Schenecker to kill
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- Schenecker trial begins
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- GUILTY: Schenecker sentenced to life in prison
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