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By Tamara Lush
Copyright: The Associated Press
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Jurors in the murder trial of a mother who fatally shot her two teenage children had to decide between two scenarios: the prosecution’s argument that Julie Schenecker knew what she was doing when she aimed a .38-caliber handgun loaded with hollow-point bullets at her children’s heads; or the defense’s explanation that the former military linguist was legally insane at the time.
After two weeks of lengthy testimony, it took the jury less than two hours to convict the 53-year-old former military linguist and longtime Army officer’s wife of first-degree murder in the January 2011 killings. She was sentenced soon after to two life terms.