Jury Selection Beginning in Yates Retrial

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Jury selection starts today in the Houston retrial of 41-year-old Andrea Yates.

The Houston woman is accused of drowning her five children in a bathtub. Her 2002 conviction was overturned on appeal last year because of erroneous testimony.

Yates has again pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in her children's 2001 deaths. Prosecutors can't seek the death penalty because the first jury rejected it and there's no new evidence.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys are set to begin questioning 120 potential jurors for the murder trial of Yates. The process is expected to last two days.

The 120 potential jurors summoned for the case is twice as many as usual, a common procedure for high-profile cases. The jury pool has already completed questionnaires to help attorneys decide who can hear the case impartially.

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