Schenecker won’t face death penalty in murder trial

TAMPA — Julie Schenecker’s lawyers have persuaded prosecutors to change their minds about seeking a death sentence for the woman accused of murdering her two teenage children in 2011.

 Defense lawyers provided “overwhelming evidence of mitigation due to the mental health issues of the defendant,” according to a statement released Tuesday by the Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office, which continued, “it was determined that the imposition of the death penalty in this case would not withstand the scrutiny of the Florida Supreme Court.”


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