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Texas mother gets life in prison

A Texas mother convicted of capital murder in the drowning deaths of her five children will have the rest of her life to mull over her crime: a jury decided to spare her from the death penalty and sentence her to life in prison.

Witness at heart of appeal explains error

The witness at the heart of Andrea Yates' successful appeal for drowning her five children said in a statement released that he simply made an honest mistake -- one he tried to clear up before the Texas mother's trial ended.

Yates faces second trial

For the second time since Andrea Yates drowned her five children in a bathtub in 2001, defense lawyers will attempt to convince a jury that the Texas mother was legally insane when she committed the horrendous acts.

Prosecutors say Yates knew right from wrong

Shortly after Andrea Yates was arrested for methodically drowning her five children in the bathtub, she told an investigator that she was a bad mother who had doomed her young to eternal damnation, and the only way she knew to save them was to kill them.

Expert says children suffered 'slow death'

Prosecutors rested their case against Andrea Yates Wednesday after a medical expert testified that the deep bruising and waterlogged internal organs observed during the autopsies of Yates' children indicated they struggled for several minutes as she drowned them one by one.

Psychiatrist: Mom believed she was battling Satan

Andrea Yates' psychotic mind was like her own private battlefield in the war between good and evil, according to a defense expert who testified Thursday that Yates believed killing her five children would be a final defeating blow to Satan.

Yates found not guilty by reason of insanity

A Texas jury found that Andrea Yates was insane when she drowned her five children in a bathtub five years ago, and the panel acquitted her of capital murder in the deaths.

Doctor discusses medical angle

Court TV talked with Dr. Joseph Deltito, professor of psychiatry from New York Medical College, who discussed the Andrea Yates case February 28, 2002, in an online chat.

Key documents: Felony indictment

Take a look at the document detailing Yates' indictment.

From the famous to the infamous, from murder to home-grown terrorism -- Court TV has covered some of the most provocative trials in history. Take a look at some of the highlights:
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