The Trial of Andrea Yates

Background and Latest Developments

In 2002, Andrea Yates was convicted of murder for three of the deaths of her five children who were found drowned in her home in 2001. In April 2005, her conviction was overturned on appeal because of an error in the testimony of an expert witness for the prosecution in the first trial. See Profile of Andrea Yates.

Latest Developments

Andrea Yates Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity
July 26, 2006
A Houston jury of six men and six women found Andrea Yates not guilty of murder by reason of insanity after deliberating more than 12 hours over a three-day period.

Previous Developments

Psychiatrist Says Yates Knew Killing Was Wrong
July 14, 2006
A forensic psychiatrist testified in the prosecution's rebuttal phase that she thought that drowning her five children was a sin, so therefore she knew it was wrong, but he said, she also thought it was the best thing that she could do for them.

Defense Rests in Andrea Yates Trial
July 11, 2006
No sooner had the defense in Andrea Yates' second murder trial rested when the prosecution began its rebuttal with a psychiatrist who said he saw no signs of psychosis two days before the drownings.

Andrea Yates Warned Not to Have 5th Child
July 8, 200g
A psychiatrist, who treated Andrea Yates in 1999 after she attempted suicide twice following the birth of her fourth child, testified that she warned Yates not to have another child because it might prompt another psychotic episode.

Witness Says Andrea Yates Was Psychotic
July 3, 2006
The former medical director of psychiatric services at the Harris County Jail testified that Andrea Yates was psychotic, believing television cartoon characters were telling her that she was evil for giving her children too much candy and cereal.

Prosecution Rests in Andrea Yates Trial
June 28, 2006
The prosecution rested its case in the Andrea Yates murder trial after Harris County Medical Examiner Luis Sanchez testified that bruises on her children showed they had struggled and died a slow death.

Yates, Jurors Weep at Video of Crime Scene
June 26, 2006
Andrea Yates and at least five jurors wept as the prosecution showed a crime-scene videotape taken the day that her five children were drowned.

Jury Chosen for Retrial
June 22, 2006
A jury has been selected for the second murder trial of Andrea Yates although many of the 120 potential jurors said they were familiar with the case.

Jury Selection Begins in Andrea Yates Trial
June 19, 2006
Judge Belinda Hill ordered Andrea Yates moved from a psychiatric hospital back to jail as jury selection is scheduled to begin.

Andres Yates' Trial Delayed Until June
Mar. 20, 2005
Judge Belinda Hill granted a defense request to delay the start of the retrail of Andrea Yates so that two key defense expert witnesses could schedule time to testify.

Rusty Yates Remarries
Mar. 18, 2005
Rusty Yates, who divorced Andrea Yates in 2005, was remarried in a private ceremony in the same church where the funeral for his five children was held almost five years earlier.

Appeal Denied, Yates Seeks Another Delay
Mar. 17, 2005
One day after an appeals court rejected their claim of double jeopardy, attorneys for Andrea Yates asked for another delay.

Andrea Yates Seeks Trial Delay
Mar. 13, 2006
Andrea Yates' attorneys asked an appeals court to delay the trial while it considers their claim that the trial will constitute double jeopardy.

Judge Sets Bond for Andrea Yates
Feb. 1, 2005
Andrea Yates will be able to leave jail and go to a mental hospital until her trial begins, after a judge set a $200,000 bond for her release.

Andrea Yates Rejects Plea Deal
Feb. 27, 2005
Attorneys for Andrea Yates said she has rejected a plea bargain deal that would have allowed her to plead guilty or no contest to drowning her children and receive a sentence of 35 years.

Yates' Lawyer Wants to Ban Photos
Feb. 22, 2005
Andrea Yates' attorney filed 30 pre-trial motions including one that asks the judge to ban "any and all photographs" of her children from being shown to the jury during her up-coming second trial.

Andrea Yates Enters 'Not Guilty' Plea Again
Jan. 9, 2005
Andrea Yates again entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity and is scheduled to stand trial again March 20.

Andrea Yates to Leave Prison for Hospital
Dec. 20, 2005
Andrea Yates will be moved from prison to a state mental hospital to await her next court date.

Court Tosses Andrea Yates' Conviction
Nov. 9, 2005
The Texas Supreme Court has upheld a lower court's ruling that overturned the murder conviction of Andrea Yates and the district attorney said she will be tried again.

Andrea Yates' Conviction Overturned

6, 2005
The Court of Appeals for the First District of Texas has overturned the capital murder convictions of Andrea Yates because a prosecution expert witness gave false testimony.

Andrea Yates' Conviction Appealed
Dec. 15, 2004
Attorneys for Andrea Yates appealed because of 19 errors that were committed in her 2002 trial.