February 19, 2002 |
Every glance and every word will be dredged up and reexamined for traces of lucidity as a jury decides whether a Christian homemaker was insane when she drowned her five children in a bathtub. As the trial of Andrea Pia Yates got underway Monday, the jury--dominated by women--listened to a painfully detailed re-creation of June 20, 2001. That was the morning that Yates fed her children a breakfast of dry cereal and then killed them, one by one.
September 23, 2001 |
The Houston mother accused of methodically drowning her five children in the family bathtub has been found mentally competent to stand trial on capital murder charges. A jury in Houston deliberated more than eight hours before concluding on Saturday that Andrea Yates--the former nurse who said she heard Satan's voice speaking to her in her jail cell--understands the charges against her and is able to assist her attorneys.
September 22, 2001 |
A jury in Houston began deciding whether a mother accused in the bathtub drownings of her five children is mentally fit to face a capital murder trial. The jury of 11 women and one man began deliberating after hearing three days of testimony about the mental competence of Andrea Yates, 37. The panel must decide whether Yates understands the proceedings against her and is able to assist her lawyers in a trial that could lead to a death sentence if she is convicted.
June 25, 2001 |
The woman accused of killing her five young children by drowning them in a bathtub will likely plead not guilty by reason of insanity, her attorney said. Andrea Yates, 36, told police she drowned her children--Noah, 7; John, 5; Paul, 3; Luke, 2; and 6-month-old Mary--at their home in Houston. She was charged with capital murder. Yates' attorney, George Parnham, said psychiatrists have examined her at the Harris County Jail and have found cause to enter an insanity plea.
June 23, 2001 |
The woman who told police she drowned her five children in her Houston home Wednesday would be employing a risky but occasionally successful defense if she told the court she had acted because of postpartum psychosis. "It's a very rare case where this type of defense is successful. It's not guaranteed to persuade a jury," said Laurie Levenson, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.
April 24, 2001 |
Investigators will exhume the bodies of about 10 elderly patients who died in a rural North Texas hospital to check whether they were killed with a drug stolen from the hospital pharmacy, authorities said Monday. Montague County Dist. Atty. Tim Cole said the investigation focused on missing doses of a muscle relaxant and a higher-than-usual number of deaths, all during the night shift, at a 68-bed hospital in Nocona, about 105 miles northwest of Dallas.