updated 05/13/2014 AT 4:30 PM ET
•originally published 05/13/2014 AT 5:15 PM ET
On the evening of January 27, 2011, Julie Schenecker sent a chilling email to her then-husband, Parker. “Get home soon,” she wrote. “We’re waiting for you.”
But no one really was. Julie Schenecker had shot the couple’s two children just minutes earlier.
Calyx, 16, was lying on her bedroom floor; her 13-year-old brother, Beau, was dead in the front seat of the family car. Although she claims that she planned to kill herself after the shooting, Schenecker fell asleep on the veranda.
The next morning, she was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder.
As the trial entered its sixth day of testimony Tuesday, Julie Schenecker, 53, was led into the Tampa, Florida, courtroom, her hands cuffed behind her back.
Wearing black slacks and a red sweater, she caught the eye of someone in the gallery. She smiled and winked. It was a surprising display from Schenecker, who has spent most of the trial staring blankly at a legal pad on the defense table.
But the smile was soon replaced by a scowl when Parker Schenecker, 51, took the stand for a second time.
After describing their courtship and wedding, he began to speak of the mental illness that took hold soon after the wedding.
“She had mentioned suicide, but not that she was planning on acting on it,” he testified. “My hope that her energy was too low to do it.”