Yates Appeal

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Prosecutors in Texas say they plan to appeal a ruling Thursday that tosses out the murder convictions of Andrea Yates.

She was convicted in the drownings of three of her five children. All five were drowned in a bathtub at their home.

Today, a Texas appeals court struck down the murder convictions and the life prison sentence. Judges found that a jury might have been prejudiced by the false testimony of a prosecution expert, who said he'd consulted on an episode of NBC's "Law and Order" with a plot similar to the Yates case. It turned out there was no such episode.

A prosecutor in Houston says he'll ask for a re-hearing by the appeals court. He says if that fails, he'll appeal to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

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