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Yates Found Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity

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HOUSTON (July 26) -- A jury found Andrea Yates not guilty by reason of insanity in the drowning deaths ofYates will be committed to a state mental hospital, with periodic hearings before a judge to determine whether she should be released. If convicted, she would have faced life in prison.

Yates' attorneys never disputed that she drowned 6-month-old Mary, 2-year-old Luke, 3-year-old Paul, 5-year-old John and 7-year-old Noah in their Houston-area home in June 2001. But they said she suffered from severe postpartum psychosis and, in a delusional state, thought Satan was inside her and was trying to save them from hell.

This is the second trial for the 42-year-old suburban mother.

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.

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

http://www.cnn.com/2006/LAW/07/26/yates.tr...=cnn_topstories

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I guess she was mentally ill. Although I don't like what she did-I hope she straightenes her life out and realizes and comes to grips with what she did. I also blame the family of her and her husband and his family-they all knew she was unstable. It could have been prevented. Even her counsler said she told her she thought of hurting her kids-if so then why wasn't it reported?? :hmm:

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