Yates Trial

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Defense testimony continues today in the Texas retrial of Andrea Yates, who drowned her five children in a bathtub.

Yates, who turns 42 on Sunday, is being retried because her 2002 conviction was overturned by an appeals court citing erroneous testimony. She has pleaded innocent by reason of insanity and faces life in prison if convicted.

The first defense witness yesterday was a jail psychiatrist who testified Yates thought cartoon characters were talking to her in the days before her five children were drowned.

Doctor Melissa Ferguson says Yates was psychotic and suffered from a major depressive disorder. Ferguson said she doesn't believe Yates was faking it.

Defense attorneys say Yates also believed she was answering a "prophecy" and saving her children from Satan.

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