TAMPA, Florida. – The Tampa woman convicted of murdering her two teenage children in 2011 says she is being denied timely doses of her prescribed medications, resulting in “extremely painful” episodes in prison.
In a two-page handwritten letter, Julie Schenecker complains of being forced to stop taking “cold turkey” medication.
She said her doctor passed away earlier this year, which delayed the filling of her prescriptions.
She described it as “extremely painful” and said it had a physical and emotional impact that lasted for months. She wrote that her “attitude failed” and “depression reigned”.
During a virtual hearing Thursday, Schenecker’s letter caught the attention of Tampa Judge Michelle Sisco.
“She has to take her prescribed medication,” Sisco said.
His attorney Daniel Ripley agreed.
“Ms. Schenecker wants to take her meds. There’s a time frame that makes them unavailable, which leads to that,” Ripley explained.
Judge Sisco agreed to send an order to the jail to fix the problem. Ripley said he would let his client know.
“Hopefully this will be the best way to ensure there is no interruption in taking his medication,” he said.
Schenecker was convicted of murdering her two teenage children in January 2011.
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Calyx, 16, was shot dead in her bedroom while she was doing her homework on her computer.
Next, Schenecker was driving the family SUV when she shot and killed her 13-year-old son, Beau.
At the time, Schenecker admitted to shooting his children because, according to Schenecker, they were disrespectful and responded.
Schenecker was convicted and sentenced to two life sentences, but recently won a hearing to ask a judge for a new trial, saying her original attorney made mistakes in her original trial.
She will be back in a Tampa courtroom in October to convince a judge that a new jury should hear her case again.