Death Row Inmate Pulls Eye Out And Eats It

By: Courtesy KWTX.com
By: Courtesy KWTX.com

(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.


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  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jan 22, 2009 at 12:45 PM
    Why is this story back up? This is old news. I'm sure he has passed the eye by now and its floating in the prison sewer somewhere.
  • by Boondoggle Location: Greenville on Jan 22, 2009 at 07:38 AM
    Concerned, yes we need to fry them equally. No one in their right mind commits murder.
  • by Concerned Location: America on Jan 15, 2009 at 08:11 AM
    Hey J, you enunciated my point perfectly. In addition to removing his victims' hearts, he removed his eye AND ATE IT. Is that not indicative of someone with mental illness? If not, then what is? Where do we draw the line with the death penalty? Do we execute mentally handicapped folks too? The guy obviously hasn't been navigating through life with the same set of marbles that you or I do. The article leads one to believe he has a psycological disease. I would like to know, who do you want society to execute? Mentally ill, handicapped, juveniles?...please be specfic.
  • by J Location: Gville on Jan 15, 2009 at 05:42 AM
    CONCERNED...are you seriously taking up for this guy? Sounds like he might be a relative. Who cares how he acted before, he ATE HIS OWN EYE BALL. PLease re-read this article.
  • by Concerned Location: America on Jan 14, 2009 at 08:46 AM
    When you read how this guy commited his crimes(removing victims' hearts), then you consider the eye removal, it is safe to say he has a mental disease. Do we want to execute people who may not have the biological faculties to think rationally like you or I? This guy is not just putting on a show to escape the death penalty. This behavior can be seen in his pre-sentencing actions(the way he commited homicide.)
  • by jim Location: nc on Jan 13, 2009 at 07:09 PM
    Or they said keep an eye out for me.
  • by Hairy Location: here on Jan 13, 2009 at 03:26 PM
    Craig one of his counselors must have told him to look insde himself.
  • by nancy Location: nebraska on Jan 13, 2009 at 01:53 PM
    maybe befor this man gets his sentence with his one good eye he will see the judge who will put the fear of god in him ,,,then let somebody take his ther eye out ....
  • by Lynn Location: Greenville on Jan 13, 2009 at 11:27 AM
    Guess he won't see how he's gonna die...
  • by ME Location: Wilson on Jan 13, 2009 at 09:44 AM
    This man needs to suffer, death will be too easy of away out.
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