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Yates found not guilty by reason of insanity

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HOUSTON - Andrea Yates showed little emotion, as a Houston judge told her jurors have found her not guilty by reason of insanity in the drownings of her children.

Yates is expected to be committed to a state mental facility where she'll receive periodic reviews to consider her health and possible release.

The verdict was returned during the jury's third day of deliberations, after Yates' lawyers argued their client was delusional when she drowned her five children in the bathtub.

Prosecutors contended that Yates may have been mentally ill, but she still knew what was wrong -- a defining issue for proving legal insanity in Texas.

In 2002, a jury took just four hours to convict her of murder. That verdict was overturned because of inaccurate testimony. The death penalty remains off the table because no new evidence was presented.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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