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Trial date set for mother accused of killing children

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For the first time in months the New Tampa mother accused of killing her two children appeared in court.

Julie Schenecker has been held in jail since being arrested for the January 2011 murders. She is awaiting trial for shooting and killing her two teenaged children. Her attorneys plan to use the insanity defense.

Today was the next step in the long and drawn out legal process.

Schenecker is accused of shooting and killing her 16-year old daughter, Calyx and 13-year old son, Beau in their New Tampa home in January 2011.

Since then, there have been several hearings in the case, including one to determine whether information obtained from family computers in the home can be made public.

Judge Ashley Moody said in court today, "If in fact there is data that the parties believe may be private in nature and should not be released there just be a motion to the court to protect such information or to determine a way to redact it."

Before the murders, Schenecker had battled and been treated for manic depression.

According to investigators the two teens had been "mouthy" and "sassy" to their mother before they were each shot in the head.

During today's hearing Schenecker did show some emotion with a tear running down her cheek at one point.

The judge set a date for her trial for October 7, 2013.  The prosecution has made it clear, it plans to seek the death penalty in the case.

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