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Prosecutors seek mental evaluation in Schenecker case

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It's been two years since a Bay area mother has been charged with committing an unthinkable act: allegedly taking the life of her own children.

Julie Schenecker is charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of her son and daughter in 2011.

Tuesday, she once again appeared in court as her murder trial draws closer.

Prosecutors began the process of trying to have her examined to find out if she's suffering from a mental illness.

Schenecker is charged with murder in the shooting death of her fifteen year old daughter, Calyx and thirteen year old son, Beau in January 2011.

Her attorneys plan to seek the insanity defense contending she had a mental disease or defect, and didn't know what she was doing when she shot and killed both of her children.

On Tuesday, the prosecution made a motion in court to have her examined by mental health experts before moving forward with the case.

"Has the defendant had an opportunity to evaluate the motion and decide whether or not you have an objection?" Judge Ashley Moody asked the defense.

Defense attorney Byron Hileman had no objection.

That paves the way for Schenecker, who defense attorneys say suffered from bipolar disorder, to be examined by doctors for the prosecution.

"The motion will be granted, the court will appoint at the request of the state, three doctors, mental health experts," Judge Ashley Moody told attorneys for both sides.

As Schenecker's parents sat in the courtroom, the prosecution asked to review a video that was taken of Schenecker in a hospital, the night of the murders.

Defense attorney Hileman told the court, "we agree to furnish the doctor's notes and to provide a video of Mrs. Schenecker the day of her arrest."

Investigators say Schenecker shot her daughter for being "mouthy" and her son for "talking back" to her.

Schenecker's trial on two counts of first degree murder is set to begin October.

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