Magazine article Newsweek

People: Rusty Yates Marries 'A Fine and Loving Person'

Magazine article Newsweek

People: Rusty Yates Marries 'A Fine and Loving Person'

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Byline: Carol Rust and Andrew Murr

Russell (Rusty) Yates was married Saturday, two days before his ex-wife, Andrea, was scheduled to face retrial in a Houston court on charges stemming from the drowning of her five children in a bathtub in June 2001. (She may be granted a delay.) Yates's new bride is Laura Arnold, a mother of two sons, 9 and 21. The wedding ceremony took place at the Clear Lake Church of Christ, south of Houston, site of funeral services for the Yates children. Yates and Arnold met through Arnold's older son, Kyle, who'd become friendly with Yates when they played on a church basketball team, according to Yates's aunt, the Rev. Fairy Caroland.

Yates began dating Arnold shortly after his divorce became final on March 17, 2005. In December, he took Arnold to Tennessee to meet his extended family, and he proposed that month. They've worked for 17 years at the same sprawling NASA complex without ever meeting. (He is an engineer for the space agency; she works for a contractor.) "She's a fine and loving person," says SuzanneO'Malley, author of " 'Are You There Alone?' The Unspeakable Crime of Andrea Yates," who continues to talk with Rusty Yates. Both Yates and Arnold are active in church affairs, including a program called the Stephen Ministry, which trains church members to counsel people weathering difficult times. As part of the ministry, Yates has been meeting with Becky Morris's 21-year-old son. "Rusty's been really great," Morris says. …

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