Tampa mom’s assets won’t be frozen

TAMPA -- A judge has denied a request to freeze the assets of a Tampa mother accused of killing her two teenage children in January.

Circuit Judge Ashley Moody said Thursday she lacks the authority to grant the motion because 50-year-old Julie Schenecker hasn’t been convicted of a crime. The motion was filed by defense attorney Robert Fraser, who represents Schenecker.

Army Col. Parker Schenecker filed a motion objecting to the request. Attorney Alexander Caballero said the motion could delay his recently filed divorce petition.

Julie Schenecker charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the Jan. 28 deaths of 16-year-old Calyx and 13-year-old Beau. She told investigators she shot the children because they were “mouthy.”

A divorce hearing is scheduled for June 1.