Texas Death Row Inmate Pulls Out Eye, Eats It

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    Texas Death Row Inmate Pulls Out Eye, Eats It
    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Filed at 12:10 a.m. ET

    HOUSTON (AP) -- A Texas death row inmate with a history of mental problems pulled out his only good eye and told authorities he ate it. Andre Thomas, 25, was arrested for the fatal stabbings of his estranged wife, their young son and her 13-month-old daughter in March 2004. Their hearts also had been ripped out. He was convicted and condemned for the infant's death.

    While in the Grayson County Jail in Sherman, Thomas plucked out his right eye before his trial later in 2004. A judge subsequently ruled he was competent to stand trial.

    A death-row officer at the Polunsky Unit of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice found Thomas in his cell with blood on his face and took him to the infirmary.
    ''Thomas said he pulled out his eye and subsequently ingested it,'' agency spokesman Jason Clark said Friday.

    Thomas was treated at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler after the Dec. 9 incident. Then he was transferred and remains at the Jester Unit, a prison psychiatric facility near Richmond southwest of Houston.

    ''He will finally be able to receive the mental health care that we had wanted and begged for from day 1,'' Bobbie Peterson-Cate, Thomas' trial attorney, told the Sherman Herald Democrat. ''He is insane and mentally ill. It is exactly the same reason he pulled out the last one.''

    At his trial, defense lawyers also argued he suffered from alcohol and drug abuse.
    Thomas does not have an execution date.

    The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in October upheld his conviction and death sentence for the death of 13-month-old Leyha Marie Hughes. Also killed March 27, 2004, were his wife, Laura Christine Boren, 20, and their son, 4-year-old Andre Lee.
    Thomas, from Texoma, walked into the Sherman Police Department and told a dispatcher he had just murdered the three and had stabbed himself in the chest.
    Thomas told police how he put his victims' hearts in his pocket and left their apartment, took them home, put them in a plastic bag and threw them in the trash.
    Court documents described the three victims as having ''large, gaping wounds to their chests.''


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    I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried. :eek:


     
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    Damn...did anyone tell him he gets his choice for his last meal?
     
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    NJ you sure find the coolest articles, there is real meaning in it though besides the horrible deaths, This man needed fixin long before he killed his family. To many people like this slip through the cracks and wind up killing loved ones.
     
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    Texas doesn't believe in mental illness. That state once executed a man whose IQ was so low that he worried about wrapping-up his last meal (a sandwich) so he could eat it when he got back from his execution.

    There's no compassion in the Texan justice system. Everything is black and white.
     
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    As far as the eyes go... but he didn't kill his father or marry his mother...


    Anyway... it's sad that it has come to this. He should have been helped a long time ago already. Clearly someone like that has to be helped, that judge should lose his job.
     
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    Bah-DUM-bum!
     
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    That's tragically sad and hilarious at the same time. I didn't know if I should laugh or cry. I laughed first and then I started to well up with tears.
     
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    That's Texas for ya. Used to live there; this whole story makes perfect sense to me.
     
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    Unless thing have changed recently, Texas is the only jurisdiction in the entire U.S. where the governor has no power to commute a death sentence to life imprisonment. The governor can only issue a TEMPORARY, 30-day reprieve of the execution, and, if memory serves me right, one-time only!

    While I know you didn't mean it this way, "everything is black and white" is so true on racial lines as well. But, with this issue, Texas isn't the only state where race is such a factor. I remember a case in Virginia where a judge overturned the jury's death-penalty decision against a woman.

    Three older lesbians attacked their fourth younger lesbian roommate for coming on to one of the women who was partnered. The younger woman wound up dying of her injuries. One of the three punched the victim one time and helped tie her feet, then left the house. Meanwhile, the other two continued beating and torturing the victim.

    The two who inflicted the "death-causing" injuries received life without parole; the other received the death penalty. The difference? The two were white; the death penalty recipient was black.

    This case is the major reason I am vehemently opposed to the death penalty.

    I am also amazed that people like Jeffrey Dalhmer are found "sane" when they commit acts which are so bizarre with total lack of any "normal" reasoning and sense of reality, yet others, like John Hinckley, are found "insane" because of a slightly abnormal obsession.
     
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    I'm kind of torn over this issue. If someone crazy killed a family member of mine I would not want them to get out of jail or the death penalty.
     
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    Who wouldn't?

    I think the desire for vengeance would be hard to suppress. A friend of mine was murdered by a cop and any time I think about him I think about the guy who did it who got off completely. My friend was unarmed, the cop shot and killed him, and still it was ruled justifiable. His murderer's still on the local police force who have him doing school charity events in addition to his duties. I'd like him in prison and a more vicious part of me would like him just as dead as my friend but the situation is over and I can't save my friend by killing the cop. One man's alive and one isn't and nothing will change that.

    Which brings me to people like bin Laden and al Zawahiri. I'd love nothing more than to see them crucified in Times Square in front of a large crowd but then I'd be proving to them and the world that we really are bloodthirsty barbarians. If they're killed during capture I wouldn't bat an eye, but killing them in cold blood is no better than what they did. The better thing to do would be to wait until they die then bury them in a pigskin so their souls remain trapped on earth forever :saevil:.

    I also do not trust the state to decide life and death. It amazes me no end that the very people who warn that the government could never manage healthcare because government fucks up so many things frequently support the government having the power to execute death warrants against its own citizens. Denying the government the power over life and death is, I think, a wise thing.
     
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    OK, I'm going to be flamed for this, but why is he still alive? Is death row, death never?
     
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    That was his choice for a last meal. :rolleyes:
     
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    I'm not going to flame you, it should be called Death-caught-up-in-legal-red-tape-appeals-Row!
     
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    It could also be called dead-end row because it's going nowhere? ::rolleyes:
     
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    Yeah, except Texas has the least amount of time allocated for appeals to have quicker executions. That's one reason for the one-time, 30-day temporary reprieve power of their governor.
     
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    I guess there is reasonable cause for why he is on death row.
     
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    what the fuck they don't got any video of it?
     
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    During an interview after the incident, Thomas was heard to remark, "Needed garlic."
     
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