All of Houston's TV stations that do news, in addition to cable news
channels, went live with the verdict -- after only three-and-a-half hours of
deliberation -- in the case of Andrea Yates, who was found guilty of murder in
the drowning deaths of her children.
The verdict came in at 4:45 p.m. central time March 12, so by the time it was
read and the jurors polled, stations were ready to take the live reports into
their 5 p.m. news.
The pool camera, coordinated by KHOU-TV operations manager Karen LaFleur, was
already in place following televised closing arguments in the case.
Although local stations had asked for gavel-to-gavel coverage of the tragic
and sensational case, video access was granted only for the case's closing and
Participating in the pool were KHOU-TV, KTRK-TV,
KRIV(TV), KPRC-TV, KHWB(TV), KXLN-TV and KTMD(TV).