Yates Appeal

Appeals court throw out Andrea Yates conviction

A Texas appeals court is throwing out the capital murder convictions against the Houston woman found guilty of drowning three of her five children.

The three-judge panel says it's vacating the 2002 ruling because a prosecution expert witness gave false testimony. Andrea Yates had been sentenced to life in prison. During her trial the psychiatrist said that he had consulted on an episode of the TV show "Law and Order" that had to do with a woman who was found innocent of by reason of insanity of drowning her children.

However, no such episode exists. In issuing its ruling today the judges said there's "a reasonable likelihood" that his testimony could have swayed the jury.