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What Tampa mom accused of killing kids said during arrest

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Julie Schenecker (center) in court April 8, 2014. Julie Schenecker (center) in court April 8, 2014.
Beau & Calyx Schenecker Beau & Calyx Schenecker

'Are my kids coming?' These are the slurred words of a mother who, just hours before they were recorded, killed her own children, according to prosecutors.

New evidence came out Tuesday in case against Julie Schenecker after News Channel 8 fought for months for them to be released. Schenecker's defense attorneys don't want them played during her trial, which is set to start April 28, because they question her mental status in them and whether or not she was medicated on Abilify and other substances.

"I spent the eight weeks in bed," she says, slurring, in the recordings.

She goes on to ask about her children, who were dead at that point.

"Are my kids coming later?" she asks.

Other parts of the recordings are also out of place.

"I should pay attention to all the ... all ... squeaks," Schenecker says as she trails off.

Defense attorney Michael P. Maddux, who isn't involved in the case, listened to the audio.

"I think the statement is so bizarre and so lacking in lucidity it could actually support your position that your client was insane," Maddux said, adding that he has concerns about how police approached the interview given the portions he's heard.

"That is very alarming,” Maddux continued. “We know Miranda is based on the 5th amendment so it's a core right - when they're asking a person whether or not they want to give a statement and they're trying to read all of the rights - like they were then - they have to understand each part."

Julie Schenecker is facing murder charges, accused of killing her 16-year-old daughter Calyx, and 13-year-old son Beau.

A judge did not decide Tuesday whether or not those recordings will play during the trial. He heard four hours of testimony from witnesses, detailing what led up to that interview.

Officer Gregory Noble was first on the stand, saying he got to the Schenecker house in New Tampa at 7:38 that morning, Jan. 28, 2011.

Schenecker sat on the couch drinking orange juice as he searched the home. He found a Smith and Wesson revolver in the master bedroom and five spent shell casings. He walked upstairs and found Calyx covered up by a blanket in bed. Investigators believe her mother shot her at the computer.

Then Noble explained how they found Beau in the family's white Honda minivan parked in the garage.

"{There was} something covered with a blanket in the front passenger seat," he said. "When we opened the door, we could see his feet."

Later that morning, while Schenecker was inside a holding cell, Corporal Sonja McCaughey was outside listening to her speak about her children

"That's when she made the comment ‘I shot them and I was going to shoot myself but I fell asleep’," McCaughey testified Tuesday.

Schenecker is pleading not guilty by reason of insanity. She could spend life behind bars if jurors find her guilty.

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