Even the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals occasionally gets one right.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals today upheld a lower court's ruling granting a new trial to Andrea Yates, the Clear Lake-area woman convicted of drowning her children in 2001.
The Austin-based appellate court refused to hear the state's petition for discretionary review after the 1st Texas Court of Appeals ruled in January that testimony from the state's expert witness, -- about a TV episode that never existed -- may have affected the jury's judgment.
"It's good news," said Wendell Odom, one of Yates' attorneys.
Odom said he and fellow attorney George Parnham will now have to meet with prosecutors and state District Judge Belinda Hill to set a new trial date.
"There are all kinds of logistics," Odom said.
Alan Curry, an assistant Harris County district attorney who handled the appeal, was in court this morning and unavailable for comment.
Curry, however, told the Associated Press that said the case would be retried or a plea bargain would be considered. Curry said he is confident that Yates would be convicted again if there is a new trial.