An Army colonel in Tampa, Fla., whose wife is accused of gunning down the couple’s teenage children is suing his wife to keep from paying for her defense.
Col. Parker Schenecker has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against his wife Julie Schenecker, which follows divorce filings.
“I’m standing up for my kids,” he told the St. Petersburg Times. “I’m making their voices heard. Otherwise, I couldn’t be the dad they knew.”
The children, Beau, 13, and daughter Calyx, 16, were found on Jan. 28, each shot twice. She allegedly confessed to police that she killed the teens for being “mouthy.”
The colonel, an Army intelligence officer stationed at the headquarters of U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, was in Qatar at the time. He is set to leave the Army next month.
Schenecker told the St. Petersburg Times that since his divorce filing, his wife wanted $40,000 for a lawyer, $10,000 for a forensic accountant, alimony, health insurance, and her diamond engagement ring.
“I was incredulous,” he said.
In the interview, Schenecker discusses his wife’s history of bipolar disorder and his unthinkable grief through a “cool, professional demeanor” that cracked when he spoke of fatherhood.
“My loss is total,” he said.
[via St. Petersburg Times]