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January 10, 2009

"Texas death row inmate pulls out eye, eats it"

A helpful reader flattered me(?) by saying he thought of my blog as soon as he saw the headline that titles this post and this AP article.  Here are a few more gruesome details:   

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."

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A pirate might sat:
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