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Texas mom pleads 'not guilty' at second murder trial
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Andrea Yates, the Texas mom charged in the drowning deaths of her three of her children, today pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity as a judge set a new trial date. Jurors found her guilty during the first capital murder trial in 2002, where she was sentenced to life in prison for drowning three of her kids in a bathtub. Her two other sons were also drowned but she was not charged with those deaths. The children ranged in ages from 6 years to 6 months old at the time of their deaths. The murder conviction was overturned llast year by an appeals court due to false testimony from an expert witness for the prosecution. Testimony from the first trial indicated Yates suffered from post-partum depression and was overwhelmed with motherhood.
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