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Russell Yates and Laura Arnold Marriage Profile


Russell Yates married Laura Arnold a few days before his ex-wife's second murder trial.

Here is information about where they met, their marriage, children, and more.


Russell (Rusty) Edison Yates: September 6, 1964 near Nashville, Tennessee.

Laura Arnold: Abt 1964.

Where Russell and Laura Met:

Russell and Laura met at the Clear Lake Church of Christ.

Ages at Wedding:

Both Russell and Laura were 41 at the time of their wedding.

Wedding Information:

Russell and Laura were married on March 18, 2006 in an afternoon wedding at Clear Lake Church of Christ near Houston, Texas. It is the same church he chose for the funeral for his five drowned children. According to the Rev. Byron Fike who conducted the wedding ceremony, Laura wore a "white, backless dress with spaghetti straps and her hair in curls." There was one bridesmaid and one groomsman.

About 100 people attended the half-hour ceremony and reception.

Previous Marriages:

Both Russell and Laura have been married before.
  • Andrea Yates: Russell was married to Andrea Kennedy on April 17, 1993. Rusty divorced Andrea in March, 2005 after her first murder trial.


Russell and Laura together have a son, born in 2008.

Russell: Five children, ages 6 months to 7 years, all drowned in the bathtub by his first wife, Andrea, on June 20, 2001.

Laura: Two sons, ages 21 and 9.


Russell is a NASA engineer. Laura works for a NASA contractor.

Quotes About Russell and Laura's Marriage:

Bob Holmes: "Holmes said Andrea Yates realizes Rusty needs to get on with his life. But the timing of the wedding is 'cruel ... It is a distraction she does not need.'"
Source: Chron.com

Russell, in an e-mail about his wedding to The Associated Press: "Andrea has been aware of it for a couple of months, and she wishes me the best, just as I wish her the best."
Source: Click2Houston.com

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