Andrea Yates Not guilty by reason of Insanity

HOUSTON (AP) — Jurors announced Wednesday that they had reached a verdict after three days of deliberations in the retrial of Andrea Yates, a suburban mother accused of drowning her five young children in a bathtub.

Attorneys were called back to the courtroom for the verdict to be read shortly before noon.

The jury had 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.

The verdict was Unanimous. Yates will now be remanded to a state mental health facility, and will have periodic hearings to dertime her state of mental health and potentially could be released.



  1. Tantheblackhearted

    I don’t know what to make of this. Maybe she was clinically insane, but one thing’s for sure…..

    The bitch should never be let out to see the light of day.


  2. Tom

    Insane or not, she should be put away for life. I don’t believe in the death penalty for many reasons, the least of which is killing the perps, but I do believe in punishment…she should be helped, made aware of what she did, and then locked back up.

  3. I didn’t follow this too closely this time around, but give me a break.

    Maybe I’m just not a nice guy, but I don’t really care whether someone that commits a crime of this nature is insane or not; the crime was committed.

  4. Thanks everyone for the comments; like everyone else I don’t think that she should ever be free again. She killed her own kids. Regardless of how sane she was at the time or any time in the future, allowing her to be released into society is in itself insane. Giveing her the death penalty though I think would have been a mistake. The crime she committed was so heinous that the death penalty would certainly be appropriate, yet for a mother to do this she would have to be insane. It is a moral delima well beyond my ability to make the decision on.

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