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Schenecker jury foreman says they reached 'right' verdict in Tampa trial

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TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

It took a Tampa jury less than three hours to find Julie Schenecker guilty of murdering her children.

Schenecker was on trial for killing her 16-year-old daughter Calyx and 13-year-old son Beau in 2011.

The foreman of the jury that reached the verdict says the evidence in the case was overwhelming.

"In the journal, in my opinion, she orchestrated this from day one, even up to writing her final arraignments," said jury foreman Charles Madison

Madison says the jury never believed the defense’s claim that Julie Schenecker was not guilty by reason of insanity.

"It didn't matter if we believed she was mentally ill. I believe she has issues and needs help. I frankly don't believe she's going to get it in the lock down, but that's not my decision," said Madison.

Madison says the jury was also impressed by Parker Schenecker during the trial and during the two occasions he was called to the witness stand.

"It's the consensus of the entire courtroom that this man did all he could to save his family, to even help her," said Madison.

Madison says he's confident the jury reached the right decision in the case.

"I didn't feel bad. I would have felt bad if we reached the other verdict. That would have bothered me for the rest of my life, but I know we did the right thing, I have no doubt about it," said Madison.

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