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Two separate incidents of gouging out his eyes have been offered as a reason to stay the execution of a Texas man who was convicted of multiple murders.
State District Judge Jim Fallon on Tuesday ordered a delay of the scheduled April 5 execution of Andre Thomas, according to the Associated Press.
Attorneys sought the delay to prepare for a competency hearing for Thomas.
“We are confident that when we present the evidence of Mr. Thomas’s incompetence, the court will agree that executing him would violate the Constitution,” wrote Maurie Levin, Thomas’ attorney. “Guiding this blind psychotic man to the gurney for execution offends our sense of humanity and serves no legitimate purpose.”
According to AP, intellectually disabled people cannot be executed, but those with mental illness can be executed, provided they are ruled competent.
Thomas was found guilty of stabbing his estranged wife to death in 2004. In addition to killing Laura Christine Boren, 20, he killed their son, Andre Lee, who was 4, and their daughter, Leyha Marie Hughes, who was 13 months old. At the time, he told police he was instructed by God to kill them because his victims were demons.
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