The scheduled execution of a Texas man on death row was delayed by a judge after the inmate’s attorneys say he gouged out both of his eyes due to mental illness, each eye on a separate occasion, according to ABC 6 Columbus. The prisoner’s attorneys say his reason for eating the second eye was to ensure that the government could not hear his thoughts.
A man named Andre Thomas was scheduled to be executed after fatally stabbing his estranged wife in 2004 and cutting out the hearts of their 4-year-old and 13-month-old children.
Thomas told police that God told him to commit the murders and that his family members were all demons.
Thomas’ attorney, Maurie Levin, believes that an execution would indeed violate the Constitution, saying that “guiding this blind psychotic man to the gurney for execution offends our sense of humanity and serves no legitimate purpose.”
However, J. Kerye Ashmore, with the Grayson County District Attorney’s Office, disagrees. Ashmore says that faith leaders and others asking for clemency are simply missing key facts on the case and have not read any of the prisoner’s mental evaluations.
“None of these people know anything about the case. They are parroting what the defense has told them,” Ashmore said. “We’re willing for [the] process to happen and let the judge make the decision. That’s all we want,” Ashmore added.
Thomas’ attorney described him as “one of the most mentally ill prisoners in Texas history,” adding that “he is not competent to be executed, lacking a rational understanding of the state’s reason for his execution.”
Ashmore again rebuffs this assertion, saying that records indicate that Thomas knows why he’s in prison and that he knew about his execution date.