Thursday, November 10, 2005

Yates’ mother: "I'm hoping that they'll realize [Andrea] was sick”

Andrea Yates’ mother and her ex-husband were both quoted in news stories praising Wednesday’s decision to overturn Yates’ conviction on charges of murdering her five children.

"I would like to see a plea agreement, not guilty by reason of insanity, and have her go to a hospital [said Russell Yates]. I don't know if the state's gonna agree to that or not, but certainly I hope the two sides can come together and reach some common ground so that we don't have to go back to trial and Andrea doesn't have to spend the rest of her life in prison."

Yates’ attorney has said that they will plead insanity in hopes of getting her moved to a psychiatric facility.

While we again watch the mental health community rally around Andrea Yates to spare her a life sentence in prison, remember to wonder where they were when she was desperately ill and in need of help …

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