From Bay News 9:
TAMPA -- Closing arguments have started in the murder trial of the New Tampa mom accused in the 2011 killing her two teenage children.
Julie Schenecker has admitted to shooting and killing her teenage children, 16-year-old Calyx and 13-year-old Beau in January 2011. She is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.
Wednesday was the seventh day of testimony with prosecutors presenting three health experts as rebuttal witnesses.
A University of South Florida forensic psychologist testified Wednesday that Schenecker's actions indicate she was aware of what she was doing when she killed her children despite serious mental illness.
Schenecker's fate hinges on whether jurors believe she knew what she was doing when the teenagers were shot. If convicted of first-degree murder, Julie Schenecker would receive a life sentence, since prosecutors chose not to seek the death penalty.
To be found criminally insane under Florida law, a jury would have to find that either didn't know what she was doing when she killed her children or didn't understood that it was wrong.
The jury is expected to begin deliberations before the weekend.