TAMPA, Fla. -- The New Tampa mother accused of killing her teenage children entered a not guilty plea at her arraignment this morning.
Julie Schenecker, flanked by four bailiffs, sat with her eyes closed for the entire hearing, which lasted about four minutes.
Schenecker wore an orange uniform that read "inmate" in white block letters in front, socks and plastic sandals. Her blonde hair looked unkempt, with dark roots grown out, and part of it covered the right side of her face.
Schenecker, 50, was arrested in January after police say she shot and killed her 13-year-old son Beau and 16-year-old daughter Caylx in their New Tampa home.
At the time, Schenecker's husband and the children's father, Col. Parker Schenecker was serving in Qatar. He's since traveled home to be with family and say goodbye to his children, but was not in town for Wednesday's arraignment.
Wednesday morning, a family spokesperson released this statement on behalf of Col. Schenecker:
Colonel Parker Schenecker is currently out of the state and was unable to attend Wednesday's arraignment for Julie Schenecker. Currently, he is meeting with family members and close friends to formalize his plans to honor the memory of Calyx and Beau. At the same time, he is considering the best path to help him heal from this tragedy.
Parker would like to thank everyone who has reached out to express their love for Calyx and Beau and who have shown support for his family during this difficult time. The generosity and love supporters have shown through letters, phone calls and donations to the Calyx and Beau Schenecker Memorial Fund has been humbling. Parker has finalized plans for the Fund's first donation: C. Leon King High School's Relay for Life benefitting the American Cancer Society. Calyx's school recently notified Parker that they will honor Calyx by retaining her as Captain of her Harry Potter-inspired "Wizarding Independence Day" team. This contribution is just the first step in keeping his promise to support those causes and activities his children found important.