Media Barred From Jurors In Drowning Case


(AP) A judge Tuesday upheld an order barring the media from interviewing jurors who found Andrea Pia Yates competent to stand trial for drowning her five children.

The Houston Chronicle asked District Judge Belinda Hill to reconsider the order she issued in October. That order barred the media from interviewing jurors from the competency hearing until after the conclusion of Yates’ trial, scheduled to begin in January.

Hill said she issued the order because the media attention could affect Yates’ ability to get a fair trial.

“The essence of it is the judge has eliminated the right of the people to know what these competency jurors were thinking,” Chronicle attorney Joel White said.

Yates, 37, is charged with two counts of capital murder for the children’s deaths on June 20.

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