Houston Chronicle

Aug. 15, 2001, 9:27PM

Yates hearing is rescheduled

Houston Chronicle

A competency hearing for Andrea Pia Yates, the Clear Lake mother who has admitted drowning her five children, has been rescheduled for Aug. 28.

The hearing was set for Aug. 27, but documents filed in court Wednesday show the new date.

The date could be changed again if lawyers and prosecutors find they need more time to prepare.

Yates, 37, pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to capital murder charges in the deaths of three of her children -- Noah, 7, John, 5, and Mary, 6 months.

Prosecutors have said they plan to present evidence about the deaths of Paul, 3, and Luke, 2, at trial.

Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal will seek the death penalty.

State District Judge Belinda Hill ruled that a jury should decide if Yates is competent to stand trial.

A court-appointed psychologist found Yates competent, but defense lawyers say their doctors disagree.

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