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Attorneys blame woman's husband for teens' deaths
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TAMPA, Florida (AP) - Attorneys for a Florida woman accused of killing her two teenage children say her ex-husband was negligent to leave them in the mentally ill woman's care.

In a Monday court filing, The Tampa Tribune reports that attorneys for 50-year-old Julie Schenecker say Col. Parker Schenecker had a responsibility to his wife and children to make sure she received proper care.

The husband had been deployed overseas with the Army in January earlier this year. That's when authorities say Julie Schenecker fatally shot their 16-year-old daughter, Calyx, and 13-year-old son, Beau, in their Tampa home.

Photo Gallery: Scheneker crime scene photos

Schenecker's attorneys have previously indicated they would use an insanity defense. She faces two counts of first-degree murder, and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

A trial date has not been set.

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