Read, with some disbelief, on the Huffington Post:
HOUSTON — 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.
Competent to stand trial? I realize in Texas that the entrance to the Death House has an “Express Check-In”, but was there any doubt, after he had killed three people, and torn their hearts out (subsequently putting them in his pocket and taking them home), that this person was batshit insane? Sure, he could have been faking – and I might have agreed – right up to the point when he tore out one of his eyes the first time. Holy crap.
I mean seriously – to quote a popular movie from the ’90s, “Game over, man! Game over!” I think the cat’s out of the bag on this one.
But I wonder how from a religious perspective you can justify executing him. He’s now without the basic requirement for biblical payback, ain’t he?