- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 21, 2002

HOUSTON (AP) Jurors in the Andrea Yates children-killing case will be allowed to see more than two dozen photos taken at the crime scene, a judge ruled yesterday.
State District Judge Belinda Hill admitted 29 of the photos of the dead children and contents of the Yates home after the state agreed to withdraw 10 others. Judge Hill said the photos' relevance outweighed any prejudice they might cause the jury.
The court recessed early because of an emergency unrelated to the trial. A male juror was returned to the jury room, where he was joined by Judge Hill.
"It causes us not to be able to proceed today. It has nothing to do with the case," the judge said when she re-emerged. She did not elaborate.
Mrs. Yates, 37, could face the death penalty. She has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.
At issue during the trial is whether Mrs. Yates suffered from a mental illness and knew the difference between right and wrong.
One of the photos shows 7-year-old Noah Yates floating face down in the bathtub with his arms outstretched, submerged beneath the water.


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