TAMPA, Fla. -- Empty bottles of the powerful painkillers oxycodone and hydrocodone were among the 14 prescription drug bottles found in the home of a 50-year-old woman accused of killing her two teenage children in January, according to court documents released by prosecutors Monday.
The nearly 600 pages of documents and photographs, released as part of the discovery process in the court case, also showed that two friends told investigators that Julie Schenecker had been treated for prescription drug addiction several months before the slayings of daughter Calyx, 16, and son Beau, 13.
Their father, Army Col. Parker Schenecker, is a Fort Worth native and 1980 graduate of Country Day School. He is stationed at the headquarters of the U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa.
He was granted a divorce in May.
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Listed by police among items collected as evidence from the upscale house in north Tampa were medications prescribed to Julie Schenecker, including lithium, used to treat bipolar disorder, anti-depressants and drugs to treat anxiety and prevent seizures.
Police have not said whether Schenecker's possible drug abuse played a role in the slayings, but officers who went to the house afterward said they found Schenecker nearly incoherent and under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Police say Schenecker told them she shot both of her children in the head because they had been "mouthy" and disrespectful. They say she planned the killings and bought a gun the previous week.
Parker Schenecker released a statement Monday saying the newly public documents "highlighted the substantial burden and responsibility that comes with access to details of my children's murders."
"My family, friends and I, along with the thousands who have mourned Calyx and Beau with us will continue to honor my beautiful children, remembering them with dignity and respect," he said.
A judge gave prosecutors until August to determine whether they'll seek the death penalty.
Julie Schenecker's attorneys are expected to announce soon whether they will use an insanity defense. She has pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder.
A call to her public defender was not immediately returned Monday.
This report includes material from Star-Telegram archives.