Yates Murder Case 2
Andrea Yates Murder CaseOn June 20, 2001, Andrea Pia Yates did the inconceivable, she murderedher five children. Did Andrea Yates have the
to knowingly murder herchildren, or was she insane and without control of her faculties?
defined by “(law) is with criminal intent; the thoughts and intentions behind awrongful act (including knowledge the act is illegal)” (Word Web Pro, 2007). Did Andrea Yates display the thoughts and intent to satisfy this definition? This isone-half of the components necessary to charge anyone with murder. The othercomponent is
, to complete the criminal act. Andrea Yates wascharged with two counts of Capital Murder pursuant to “Tex. Pen. Code Ann. §19.03(a) (8) (Vernon Supp. 2004-2005)” (Floyd, 2006). The Grand Jury indicted Andrea Yates for two Felony Counts of murder on June 20, 2001 (Court TV,2006). Did Andrea Yates act with reasonableness of mind, or was she questionsMarie Mugavin, MSN, CFPN, “under the influence of hallucinations, epilepsy, ordelirium” (Mugavin, 2005)? Or was she actually insane and without control of herfaculties? Was Andrea Yates acutely psychotic when she murdered herchildren? Andrea Pia Yates was eventually found to be mentally incompetent onreverse and remand in the murders of her five children. However, her actionsshow
which show her to be lucid and in control of heractions.