A jury has been seated in the murder trial of a Tampa mother charged with shooting and killing her two teenage children.
Just before 6 p.m. Friday, the 12 jurors and four alternates were set for the trial of Julie Schenecker.
There are nine men and seven women; three are African American, the rest are white.
They were sworn in and told testimony begins at 8:30 sharp Monday morning.
Before they left, the judge asked Schenecker if she consulted with her attorneys on the selection of the jurors, and whether she was satisfiedd with the group. She responded that she was.
It took four days to find 12 jurors and four alternates, and it was, at times, an emotional process. Many of the potential jurors expressed grief over the two children Schenecker is accused of murdering.
Lawyers asked questions about knowing anyone with mental illness, and how they feel about the insanity defense.
They also asked the potential jurors whether they believe and understand that Julie Schenecker is innocent until proven guilty.
The proceedings began this week with 150 potential jurors.
The trial is expected to take three weeks.
FOX 13 / WTVT-TV
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