April 13, 2021

Jurors Find Yates Not Guilty in Murders

Andrea Yates and LawyersAndrea Yates made news first as the woman who killed her children individually in the bath tub, and was convicted of murder– that is until this last jury trial.  This jury found her not-guilty by reason of insanity.  The family thought this was quite a breakthrough, since they have been trying to get the jury to understand that any woman who would drown her children because she thought she was saving them is under some serious problems.  So, now she’ll be committed to a mental institution until she’s deemed not to be a harm and then she could be released.

Although I don’t want to see anyone punished with the death penalty or life in prision, there was a crime committed, and this ruling just goes one step further to removing the concept of absolutes from this nation.  I mean, if Andrea is not guilty, who is?  The thoughts in her head (that we suspect but cannot prove were there)?  Was it her family/friends that did not see that she was struggling and therefore bear the blame?  Was it her husband for having children with her?  Who bears the guilt? God?

These children lost their lives for some reason– someone bears that responsibility.  We’ve been walking down a road in this society toward it being no one’s fault, and no one’s responsibility.  No fault divorce is another one of these things.  We leave out of the picture the absurdity of the thought that no one is responsible.  Perhaps the equitable thing would have been for the jury to say “Andrea’s not at fault, so the parents, friends, and husband will all spend 20 years in jail as would be the normal offense.

I understand that the parents don’t want to see their child behind bars for life, especially after losing the children, but they were living beings– and there should be a penalty for this act before the next person tries to use this defense.

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3 thoughts on “Jurors Find Yates Not Guilty in Murders

  1. She should have gotten 5 consecutive life in prison sentences served back-to-back or the electric chair. She claimed she heard voices telling her to kill them in a TV interview. What happens if she gets out of the mental institution being deemed “fit for society”? What if the voices tell her this time to kill her neighbor? best friend? Senator? Hilary Clinton? President? Pope?

  2. I agree she should be locked up for life. Whether in prison or a mental institute doesn’t matter to me, but she should never be free. I also do think especially her husband, and her close family and friends and even doctors share some of the blame. How could a woman be THAT mentally ill and her husband not know? How could he leave his children alone with someone like that, and not be held responsible, at least in part?

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