Condemned Grayson Co. killer loses appeal

By: KXII Staff Email
By: KXII Staff Email
SHERMAN, TX - The state

Andre Thomas

SHERMAN, Tex. - The state's top criminal appeals court has upheld the conviction and death sentence of a Grayson County man accused of killing his wife, their son and her daughter.

Andre Thomas confessed to fatally stabbing all three in their chests in March 2004 and ripping out their hearts. The appeals court ruled Thomas knowingly and intelligently waived his rights.

Thomas gouged out his right eye inside a jail cell in April 2004, moments after reading a Bible verse.

Then in June, a judge declared suspect Andre Thomas incompetent to stand trial in the murder of his wife and her two children.

Thomas was then found competent to stand trial in July 2004 after a brief stay at Vernon Mental Hospital.

Within hours of his arrest, Thomas gave a chilling confession, where he described in detail how he committed the murders.

Defense attorneys wanted the confession tossed because they said he was not competent to make that statement, but the confession was ruled admissible in December.

A Grayson County jury found Andre Thomas guilty of capital murder after 35 minutes of deliberation in March of 2005. The packed courtroom was quiet, and Thomas showed no emotion as Judge James Fry read the jury’s verdict. Family members of the victims had a look of relief on their face as the verdict was read.

Thomas was sentenced to die by that jury a few days later in March.

Defense Attorney R.J. Hagood pleaded that Thomas had been neglected as a child and that death was not the appropriate choice.

Hagood still feels that way today, more than three years later.

"It's a tragedy. I don't think Andre was right. He was found competent and sane at the time."

Grayson County district attorney Joe Brown said Wednesday he is satisfied with the appeals court's decision.

"The result of the most serious crime is the most serious penalty, and I'm confident he will get the death penatly," Brown said.

Attorneys say the next step Thomas could take is to request a rehearing.

No execution date has been set.


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  • by SOMEONE Location: SOMEWHERE on Oct 14, 2008 at 01:37 PM
    I agree that this man is sick and so deserves to die the way he killed those poor innocent people. I remember when this happened and it was so sad and my heart broke for those babies and their mother. I believe Jesus held those babies in his arms and let them feel no pain. He loves his children! This was very scary for Grayson County but I also remember the murder of Bridgette Stone murdred in the duplex behind Saint Mary's as she babysat. This was in the mid 80's and we lived about 2 blocks from there and I was terrified. I often think about her and her family and it makes me so sad that they have never found her killer. I often think about he kids that she was babysitting also and wonder how they have dealt with things. I know they say that Andre had a hard life but there are lots of people in this world who have been abused and gone through terrible stuff and choose to not do horrible things to others! He is a very sick man!!!!
  • by new in the area Location: Grayson County on Oct 14, 2008 at 12:15 PM
    Dookeyor Norma : Can you elaborate a bit more about that story? When? How? who was involved? What was done? etc.
  • by Dookey Location: Shermboro on Oct 9, 2008 at 10:30 AM
    Norma- I only mentioned this because someone said this story was the most horrific crime in Grayson County's history. But the murder of these two girls were equally horrific, if you'd asked me. And yes, Easley is still in prison and always will be. (till he meets his maker!)
  • by jeff Location: denison on Oct 9, 2008 at 10:09 AM
    my family and i knew this family and i think they should just let some of us good 'ol boys get a hold of this worthless piece of trash!!!some one like this coward does not deserve to take one more breath on this earth !!!
  • by Terri Location: Sherman on Oct 9, 2008 at 08:27 AM
    I live VERY close to where he killed Laura and the 2 babies, everytime I think about what happened there chills fill my body. How could anyone look into the eyes of their child and purposely kill them. I remember when all this happened and reading about the trial and how they were trying to get him off because he was mentally incompetent to stand trial. He's not he knew what he was doing. He's a cold blooded killer and deserves no better than to be killed the way he killed his family. I wish everyone close to Laura and her family could get a "stab" at him. He deserves to die like they did.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 9, 2008 at 08:21 AM
    OOTO's exactly Right!
  • by Dookey Location: Shermboro on Oct 9, 2008 at 08:08 AM
    You're right OOTO, I hate anyone that cuts out a baby's heart. That is beyond disgusting. It's almost incomprehensible, but it did happen. So yes, I hate him.
  • by Norma Location: Sherman on Oct 9, 2008 at 07:41 AM
    Dear Dookey: I remember very well. I went to school with Laurie Stevens-Easleys other victim.If I remember right,Donna was killed in Sept '68 and Laurie in March of '69. I still get chills when I think about those 2 little girls. That was Donnas first time to walk home from 1st grade. I hope they execute this devil and not let him set in prison like they have done Easley. I am glad I am not the only one to remember.
  • by Linda Location: Sherman on Oct 9, 2008 at 07:35 AM
    I dont care if he is sane or insane-he needs to go meet Satan.Since he hears voices anyway let him join the demons he has been hearing..At least those poor babies he butchered are in Heaven with their Lord and not down here on this God forsaken planet. I dont want to pay for his upkeep so I hope they execute him soon.
  • by JUSTICE on Oct 9, 2008 at 06:54 AM
    The new black panther party should take a look at it.That was a good one. But I'll bet if there was a new kkk, the whole area would be upset. Hang,em high and let the public attend. The sick s.o.b.
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