Is This Man Too Crazy to Be Executed?
It’s March 7, 2004, Andre Thomas breaks down the door of the Sherman, TX apartment of his wife, Laura Boren. He begins fatally stabbing his 20-year-old wife, her infant daughter, Leyha Hughes, and his four-year-old son, Andre, Jr.
He then uses his knife to carve out the hearts, and other organs, of his victims. He places their hearts in plastic bags and puts them in his pockets. He stabs himself several times and returns home to talk to family and friends about what he has done. His victims’ organs are still in his pockets.
Thomas then walks into the Sherman Police Department. He tells the police dispatcher that he has murdered the three. He says God told him to kill the victims. The Grayson County, TX, District Attorney’s Office charges him with capital murder for the three deaths.
Five days later, while sitting in jail reading the Bible, he reads Matthew 5:29. “If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away.” So, he gouges out his right eye and throws it away.
While waiting for trial, three specialists examine him. They conclude he is suffering from schizophrenia. After 45 days in a secured mental health facility, his illness was ruled mostly substance-induced and that he was fit to stand trial.
On November 3, 2005, Thomas is convicted of the three murders and sentenced to death.
After being convicted, Mr. Thomas attempts suicide by trying to cut his throat.
Fast forward to December 8, 2008. Andre Thomas pulls out his remaining left eye and eats it. Yes, you read that right: he ate his remaining eye! He claimed that eating his eye was necessary to prevent the government from reading his thoughts.
Since that time, Mr. Thomas – totally blind- has been in a prison psychiatric unit on Texas’ death row awaiting execution.
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