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Colonel: Wife was ‘sick' when she killed kids

Apr. 21, 2011 - 03:51PM   |   Last Updated: Apr. 21, 2011 - 03:51PM  |  
Julie Schenecker was arrested Jan. 28 and charged with two counts of first degree premeditated murder after she allegedly shot and killed her two teenage children.
Julie Schenecker was arrested Jan. 28 and charged with two counts of first degree premeditated murder after she allegedly shot and killed her two teenage children. (Hillsborough County Jail via AP)
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TAMPA, Fla. — The husband of a woman who admitted killing her two teenage children says his wife suffered from mental illness since before they were married and likely had substance-abuse issues.

Still, Army Col. Parker Schenecker said, he never suspected his wife Julie would harm their children. Schenecker talked to People magazine for an issue that will be on newsstands Friday.

Julie Schenecker, 50, planned and carried out the fatal shootings of her 16-year-old daughter, Calyx, and 13-year-old son Beau, in January, police said. Julie Schenecker told investigators that she did it because they were rude and talked back.

She has pleaded not guilty and her attorney did not immediately return a call for comment.

Parker Schenecker told People that "we were a typical American family, but we had a sick member."

He is seeking a divorce, but he told the magazine he doesn't hate her.

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