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Andrea Yates found Not Guilty of drowning her five children



 
 
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Old July 26th 06, 10:33 PM posted to alt.true-crime,misc.kids,alt.gossip.celebrities,alt.parenting.solutions,alt.support.childfree
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GOOD! I hope she opens a daycare center.

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Yates not guilty by reason of insanity
Jury reached verdict after three days

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

HOUSTON, Texas (AP) -- After three days of deliberation, jurors found
that Andrea Yates was legally insane when she drowned her young
children in a bathtub.

The jury spent 11 hours Monday and Tuesday trying to determine if
Yates was legally insane. Wednesday morning, they reviewed the state's
definition of insanity and then asked to see a family photo and candid
pictures of the five smiling youngsters.

After about an hour of deliberations, they said they had reached a
verdict.

In Yates' first murder trial, in 2002, the jury deliberated about four
hours before finding her guilty. That conviction was overturned on
appeal.

In both trials, Yates, 42, pleaded innocent by reason of insanity.
Under Texas law, a person can be found insane if, because of a severe
mental illness, he or she does not know the crime is wrong.

The jury earlier asked to review the videotape of Yates' July 2001
evaluation by Dr. Phillip Resnick, a forensic psychiatrist who
testified for the defense that she did not know killing the children
was wrong because she was trying to save them from hell.

Resnick told jurors that Yates was in a delusional state and believed
6-month-old Mary, 2-year-old Luke, 3-year-old Paul, 5-year-old John
and 7-year-old Noah would grow up to be criminals because she had
ruined them.

Jurors later asked to review Yates' November 2001 videotaped
evaluation by Dr. Park Dietz, the state's expert witness whose
testimony led an appeals court to overturn Yates' 2002 capital murder
conviction last year.

Dietz, a forensic psychiatrist, testified in her first trial that an
episode of the television series "Law & Order" depicted a woman who
was acquitted by reason of insanity after drowning her children. But
no such episode existed. State District Judge Belinda Hill barred
attorneys in this trial from mentioning that issue.

On Tuesday, after jurors asked for the trial transcript involving
defense attorney George Parnham's questioning of Dietz about the
definition of obsessions, the judge brought the jury back into the
courtroom.

The court reporter then read the brief transcript, in which Dietz said
Yates "believed that Satan was at least present. She felt or sensed
the presence." Dietz had testified that Yates' thoughts about harming
her children were an obsession and a symptom of severe depression --
not psychosis.

Earlier Tuesday, jurors reviewed the slide presentation of the state's
key expert witness, Dr. Michael Welner, a forensic psychiatrist who
evaluated Yates in May. He testified that she did not kill her
children to save them from hell as she claims, but because she was
overwhelmed and felt inadequate as a mother.

Yates will be committed to a state mental hospital, with periodic
hearings before a judge to determine whether she should be released --
although by law, jurors are not allowed to be told that.

Prosecutors could not seek death this time because the first trial's
jurors sentenced her to life in prison, and authorities found no new
evidence. She is charged in only three of the deaths, which is common
in cases involving multiple slayings.



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Old July 26th 06, 11:53 PM posted to alt.true-crime,misc.kids,alt.gossip.celebrities,alt.parenting.solutions,alt.support.childfree
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LaTreen Washington wrote:
GOOD! I hope she opens a daycare center.

Heh, you never need to scan the headers for alt.support.childfree, you
KNOW when a thread is crossposted there.

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Old July 27th 06, 12:28 AM posted to alt.true-crime,misc.kids,alt.gossip.celebrities,alt.parenting.solutions,alt.support.childfree
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wrote:
LaTreen Washington wrote:
GOOD! I hope she opens a daycare center.

Heh, you never need to scan the headers for alt.support.childfree, you
KNOW when a thread is crossposted there.



Fer sure.

mc

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Old July 27th 06, 12:39 AM posted to alt.true-crime,misc.kids,alt.gossip.celebrities,alt.parenting.solutions,alt.support.childfree
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wrote:
LaTreen Washington wrote:
GOOD! I hope she opens a daycare center.

Heh, you never need to scan the headers for alt.support.childfree, you
KNOW when a thread is crossposted there.



Fer sure.

mc


But this one started there.

Kris


 




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