Yates a Prisoner Regardless of Verdict

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A jury in Houston hears closing arguments and begins deliberations today in Andrea Yates' second murder trial. She's accused of drowning her children in the family bathtub in 2001.

Yates has twice pleaded innocent by reason of insanity. She was convicted of murder in 2002 but an appeals court overturned that conviction because erroneous testimony may have influenced the jury.

Life as a prisoner looms on the horizon for Yates, whether she's convicted of murder or acquitted by reason of insanity. She'll be sent to either a maximum-security mental hospital or a state prison.

Her attorneys says Yates suffered from severe postpartum psychosis when she killed seven-year-old Noah, five-year-old John, three-year-old-Paul, two-year-old Luke and six-month-old Mary.


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