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Andrea Yates Formally Charged With Murder of her Five Children

Aired June 20, 2001 - 22:19   ET

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BILL HEMMER, CNN ANCHOR: Live now to southern California, east of Los Angeles. The silver minivan you see here has been chased by police now for four hours. Again, east of Los Angeles, the pursuit started at 6:15 Eastern time tonight. The driver has a cell phone in one hand, a gun in the other. He's been brandishing it throughout the entire drive.

Again, four hours and counting, now. A number of police in pursuit there, east of Los Angeles.

At this time, I'm going to take you back to Houston, Texas. Police have been talking with reporters about the latest involving the five children found dead inside their home earlier today. Ed Lavandera from CNN is there listening and watching now.

Ed, what have the police said?

ED LAVANDERA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Bill, just a little bit more new information. The police now have formally filed capital murder charges against Andrea Yates for the murder of her five children earlier this morning in this -- suburban Houston neighborhood just south of Houston. It's a town called Clear Lake.

Police will only say that Andrea Yates has been cooperating with investigators and talking to them throughout the day. Would not elaborate on how she is feeling later this afternoon. We do not know if she's had any contact with her husband since she's been arrested. Police wouldn't answer that as well. Police also tell us that she will be arraigned at some point either tomorrow or later on this week. So that's the latest from here.

Bill, back to you.

HEMMER: Terrible story there in Houston. Ed Lavandera, thanks for the update.

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