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Jury selection no easy process in Schenecker trial

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TAMPA (FOX 13) - The on-going process of seating a jury in the Julie Schenecker trial continued Tuesday, with no end in sight.

Prosecutors, defense attorneys, and Hillsborough County Judge Emmett Battles are running into roadblocks in the process because so many people have heard of the high-profile case.

On Tuesday, there were some encouraging signs, FOX 13's Gloria Gomez reports. As of lunchtime, about 20 potential jurors had been questioned, and some gave the indication they could be impartial.

Schenecker is accused of shooting and killing her 13-year-old son and 16-year-old daughter in Tampa Palms in 2011. She is charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

Jury selection began Monday morning, with attorneys questioning dozens and dozens of potential jurors.

Because so many people know about the case, the judge says it will take at least three to five days to seat a jury – though it could take even longer.

On Monday, the start of the trial made national headlines, and that's making it even more difficult to find impartial jurors.

Schenecker's defense team is saying she should be found not guilty by reason of insanity. Prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty.

Schenecker's parents and ex-husband, Parker, have been in court during jury selection. Parker was wearing a wristband that honored Beau and Calyx.

We are streaming the trial on www.MyFoxTampaBay.com and in our MyFOX app.

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