(January 9, 2009)—A Texas death row inmate with a history of mental problems who killed and then ripped out the hearts of his estranged wife and two young children has pulled out and eaten his only good eye, prison officials said Friday.
Andre Thomas, 25, plucked out his right eye while in jail awaiting trial in Sherman for the March 2004 stabbing deaths of his estranged wife Laura Christine Boren, 20, his 13-month-old daughter Leyha Marie Hughes and his 4-year-old son Andre Lee.
A judge later ruled he was competent to stand trial.
He was sentenced to die for the murder of the 13-month-old girl.
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 prison infirmary.
According to agency spokesman Jason Clark, "Thomas said he pulled out his eye and subsequently ingested it."
Thomas was treated at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler after the incident on Dec. 9 and then was transferred to a prison psychiatric facility near Houston where he remains.