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March 20, 2009

Condemned Man Who Did Crazy Thing Deemed Sane by Texas Court

Posted: 02:54 AM ET

By Ashby Jones/Wall Street Journal

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A condemned Texas inmate who removed his only eye and ate it in a bizarre outburst several months ago on death row is “crazy,” yet sane under state law, a judge wrote in an appellate court ruling on Wednesday that rejected his appeals. Here’s the story...

According to the story, Andre Thomas challenged his conviction and death sentence for the murder of his estranged wife’s 13-month-old daughter five years ago in Grayson County in North Texas. His wife and their 4-year-old son were killed in the same attack. The victims were stabbed and their hearts were ripped out. Thomas, 26, then reportedly walked into the Sherman Police Department, admitted to the killings and said God told him to commit them.

The nine-member Texas Court of Criminal Appeals unanimously upheld Thomas’ conviction and punishment. Here’s the court’s per curiam order and accompanying statement by Judge Cathy Cochran.

Thomas “is clearly ’crazy,’ but he is also ’sane’ under Texas law,” Judge Cochran wrote.

...Last December, 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 had him taken to the unit infirmary. Thomas told officials he had pulled out his remaining eye and ate it. Thing is, it wasn’t the only time Thomas had plucked out an eye.

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