Thursday, January 6, 2005
Andrea Yates, convicted of murder for drowning her children, has appealed on the ground that an expert who testified against her lied about being a consulting expert on the television show "Law and Order." According to the story:
"Yates' attorney Troy McKinney focused on expert witness Park Dietz, who McKinney said "told a whopper of a falsehood" when he said he consulted on an episode of the TV show "Law and Order" involving a woman found innocent by reason of insanity for drowning her children."
"Dietz testified the episode aired shortly before the drownings, and testimony during the trial indicated Yates was a viewer of the series."
"After jurors found Yates guilty, attorneys in the case and jurors learned that no such "Law and Order" episode existed. McKinney called the testimony the "dynamite" that had turned the tide of the trial against his client."
More here. [Jack Chin]
UPDATE: CONVICTION REVERSED. Story here. [Jack Chin]