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Court hears appeal from condemned Sherman killer

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Andre Thomas was convicted in the 2005 murders of his estranged wife and two children. (File) Andre Thomas was convicted in the 2005 murders of his estranged wife and two children. (File)

By MICHAEL GRACZYK
Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) -- Attorneys for a Texas death row inmate who removed his only eye and ate it in a bizarre outburst several years ago are arguing to a federal appeals court that he's too mentally ill to be executed.

Lawyers for Andre Thomas also contend his trial attorneys were deficient when a North Texas jury in 2005 convicted him of killing his estranged wife's 13-month old daughter in Sherman.

His estranged wife and their 4-year-old son also were murdered in the March 2004 attack. All three were stabbed and their hearts were ripped out.

A federal judge in 2016 rejected Thomas' appeal and his attorneys took their case to the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for arguments Tuesday on whether appeals can move forward.

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