Father of slain children meets with accused wife | News
Tampa, Florida -- For the first time since their children were murdered last month, Army Colonel Parker Schenecker met and spoke with his wife Julie, who is currently in jail awaiting trial for their deaths.
Schenecker released a statement saying he met with his wife on Friday and told her he was filing for divorce. The statement said their meeting at the jail was "emotional and productive," but did not go into detail about their discussions.
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The following is Col. Schenecker's statement on their meeting:
"Today I met with my wife Julie for the first time since I returned from my duty overseas. The meeting was both emotional and productive. We discussed numerous topics but focused mostly on how so many people continue to honor and remember the lives of Calyx and Beau. I felt it was important and proper to inform her in person about my need to focus on the future, and my intention to file for divorce. Clearly the events of January 27th have taken Julie and me on different paths. I have said for many days now that I will spend the rest of my life honoring the memory of my two beautiful children Calyx and Beau. This difficult but necessary step will help me to do just that...move forward."
Julie Schenecker, 50, told investigators that she planned and carried out the shooting deaths of her 16-year-old daughter, Calyx, and 13-year-old son, Beau, because they talked back and were "mouthy." Her husband, a military intelligence officer, was on duty in the Middle East at the time.
Earlier in the week she entered a not guilty plea for the murders of her teenage children Beau and Calyx.
Her next scheduled court appearance is April 5.
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