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Mum: 'I don't know why I shot my two children in the head'

Julie Schenecker is escorted from Judge Emmett Lamar Battles' courtroom on Thursday, May 15, 2014 for closing arguments in her murder trial
Julie Schenecker is escorted from Judge Emmett Lamar Battles' courtroom on Thursday, May 15, 2014 for closing arguments in her murder trial

A Florida mother who shot her two teenage children in the head says she knows what she did - but not why she did it.

Julie Schenecker apologised to "everyone in the courtroom" following her conviction on two counts of first-degree murder.

Crying as she spoke, Schenecker told the judge and jurors that she would have plenty of time in prison to "try to understand" why she killed her 13-year-old son, Beau, and 16-year-old daughter, Calyx.

The jury delivered its verdict within two hours, agreeing with the prosecution that the 53-year-old former military linguist knew exactly what she was doing when she aimed a .38-calibre handgun loaded with hollow-point bullets at her children's heads.

The defence argued that Schenecker was legally insane.

Press Association

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