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Julie Schenecker sits in Hillsborough County Court on day two of her double murder trial (Pool photo) Julie Schenecker sits in Hillsborough County Court on day two of her double murder trial (Pool photo)
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) - Just before the jury broke for lunch, they saw the murder weapon a Tampa mother used to kill her two teenaged kids.

Julie Schenecker appeared to pay close attention as Tampa Police Department's Senior Crime Lab Analyst Rosemarie Jasson explained to the jury the features of the revolver Schenecker used to allegedly shoot and kill her 16-year-old daughter Calyx and 13-year-old son Beau.

The second day of Julie Schenecker's double murder trial started Tuesday morning with more testimony from Tampa Police Department Crime Scene Tech Matthew Evans.

Watch live coverage of the trial here.

Pill bottles found in Schenecker's home; prescriptions for Oxycodone, Lithium, Hydrocodone and Benzatropine were included in evidence. A manual for the Smith & Wesson gun allegedly used to kill her children found on the nightstand and shell casings in the bathroom. Photos of a dried blood trail from the computer room to bed room where Schenecker's daughter was found the morning of Jan. 28, 2011.

Defense Attorney Jennifer Spradley had Evans count the pills in one bottle, 70 pills rather than 75, showing his records from the scene were incorrect. Defense then had Evans read from Schenecker's journal. She was seen crying in court, frequently wiping her eyes and nose with a tissue, as the following statements were read:

"It's my time to go. Heaven is waiting. The best job I ever had was bringing up my babies. That's why I have to bring them with me... I saved them from the pain."
"If you're wondering why I tried to take out the kids it's to protect them from embarrassing them for the rest of their lives. Also kids of suicidal parents tend to commit suicide themselves."

"Parker I'm sorry, so sorry. I don’t know what to say but I sense divorce was inevitable but I cant live alone...No one came to check on me in bed. You didn’t teach the kids to be compassionate. You weren’t either! Meds didn’t kick in, might have made a difference. AA couldn’t do it...didn’t need detox...I should have went to psych ward instead. I admit my brain is trashed..."

"I've re-read everything and don’t understand my own thoughts on paper. No wonder Calyx calls me stupid. I think I was drunk"

A couple finger print experts were also called to the witness stand Tuesday morning.

Court is expected to resume after lunch at 1:45 p.m.

On Monday, the opening day of the trial, Evans' chilling testimony to the jury included entries from Schenecker's journal detailing the killings of her two children, 16-year-old Caylx and 13-year-old Beau, at their Tampa home in January 2011.

Read about day 1 of the Schenecker trial here.


Schenecker, 53, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder by reason of insanity.

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