Andre Thomas is sitting on Death Row in Texas missing an eye. The 25-year-old, known for mental problems, pulled out his only good eye and ate it according to authorities.
In March 2004 Thomas was arrested for stabbing his estranged wife, their son and her 13-month-old daughter to death. He also ripped out their hearts. He sits on death row for the death of infant Leyha Marie Hughes.
While he was awaiting trial Thomas plucked out his right eye in 2004. He was ruled after that incident to still be competent to stand trial.
On December 4 he was treated at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, Texas for plucking out his remaining eye and then eating it. He has since been moved to Jester Unit, a prison psychiatric facility near Richmond southwest of Houston.
His trial attorney Bobbie Peterson-Cate says that her client will finally be the given mental health care that he has requested since day 1.
The Associated Press quotes Peterson-Cate:
“He is insane and mentally ill. It is exactly the same reason he pulled out the last one.”
Defense lawyers argued during his trial that not only is Thomas mentally ill but he suffers from alcohol and drug abuse.
On March 7, 2004 he killed little Leyha Marie Hughes, his wife Laura Christine Boren, 20, and their 4-year-old son Andre Lee. He reported the murders himself after he walked into the Sherman Police Department. He told a dispatcher there that he had murdered his family and then stabbed himself in the chest.
Thomas went on the tell the police that he had put the hearts of the victims in his pocket. He then went home and put the hearts in a plastic bag before throwing the bag into the trash.
Documents from court described his victims having “large, gaping wounds to their chests.”
There has yet to be an execution date set for Thomas.