Posted tagged ‘Death Row’

Death Row Inmate Pulls Eye Out, Eats It

January 9, 2009

A Texas death row inmate Andre Thomas, who has a history of mental problems pulled out his only good eye and told authorities he ate it.


Associated Press

Credit: Associated Press

From the Associated Press:

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.

On Dec. 9, a death-row officer at the Polunsky Unit of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice found Thomas in his cell with blood on his face and took him to the infirmary.

“”Thomas said he pulled out his eye and subsequently ingested it,” agency spokesman Jason Clark said Friday.

Thomas was treated at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler. Then he was transferred and remains at the Jester Unit, a prison psychiatric facility near Richmond southwest of Houston.

“He will finally be able to receive the mental health care that we had wanted and begged for from day 1,” Bobbie Peterson-Cate, Thomas’ trial attorney, told the Sherman Herald Democrat. “He is insane and mentally ill. It is exactly the same reason he pulled out the last one.”

Heroin Overdose Killed Dr. Dre’s Son

January 2, 2009

According to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office, the 20-year-old son of rapper Dr. Dre died from an overdose of heroin and morphine in August.

From Reuters:

Andre Young Jr. was found dead by his mother at his Los Angeles home after spending a night out with friends.

After toxicology and other tests, the coroner ruled his death as accidental and says the case is closed, spokesman Larry Dietz said on Friday.

Dietz said the tests showed Young died of morphine and heroin intoxication.

Dr. Dre, 43, whose real name is Andre Young, rose to stardom in the 1980s as a member of the “gangsta” rap group N.W.A. He embarked on a successful solo career, winning the first of four Grammys in 1994 for a tune from his chart-topping debut “The Chronic.”

He founded the rap labels Death Row Records and Aftermath Entertainment, and made stars out of such proteges as Snoop Dogg and Eminem.

Scott Peterson Writing Letters to Casey Anthony?

October 29, 2008

This story seems so far fetched but could it be true? I thought that this was an April Fool’s joke, but you be the judge. The Orlando Sentinel is reporting an exclusive story that California death-row inmate Scott Peterson has been writing letters to Casey Anthony in the Orange County Jail.

I’ve seen this story covered on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC so people are at least paying attention to it. I, for one, can’t believe that this could actually be true. But then again, nothing would surprise me anymore in this case. Unfortunately, the whole situation is a made for TV movie in waiting.

Let’s not forget that there is a missing 3 year old girl named Caylee Marie Anthony involved.

From the article:

The content of the letters was not clear, and it’s unknown whether Anthony has responded to him. There is no known connection between Peterson and Anthony, other than the similarities in their cases.

Orange County Jail spokesman Allen Moore said inmate correspondence is not public record. A spokeswoman at San Quentin said inmate letters were not part of California public record laws.

Peterson was convicted of killing his wife Laci, and unborn son, Conner, three years ago. Laci Peterson, who was eight months pregnant at the time, was reported missing in December 2002 from their Modesto, Calif. home. The bodies of Laci and the unborn child washed ashore in April 2003 in the San Francisco Bay. Peterson was charged in their deaths after the bodies were found.

Peterson was sentenced to death in 2005 and is being held at San Quentin State Prison. Peterson has maintained his innocence.

From Local6:

The California Department of Corrections told Local 6 News on Wednesday that a published report stating that convicted killer Scott Peterson has been writing Casey Anthony is false.

A spokeswoman for the California Prison System said the report is “not true” and that officials know with “100 percent certainty” that Peterson, who is on death row, did not write a letter to Anthony.

“We have no knowledge of any communications between Orange County inmate Casey Anthony and California inmate Scott Peterson. There is no public record which would reflect or confirm such communications. All mail coming into the Orange County Jail system is screened for contraband, money, and other security-related issues. Policy forbids Orange County inmates from writing each other, but there is no prohibition against writing or receiving mail from inmates in other correctional institutions,” Allen Moore of the Orange County Corrections Department said in a statement.

Dr. Dre’s Son Found Dead

August 27, 2008

UPDATE: The cause of death has been determined to be a heroin overdose.

The son of rap legend Dr. Dre was found dead over the weekend in his Woodland Hills home according to coroner’s officials in Los Angeles.

From the Los Angeles Times:

Andre R. Young Jr. had been out with friends the night before and was discovered in his bed by his mother at 10:24 a.m. Saturday, Los Angeles County coroner’s spokesman Ed Winter said.

Andre Young Sr., professionally known as Dr. Dre, released a statement to the media through a representative.

“Dr. Dre is mourning the loss of his son Andre Young Jr. Please respect his family’s grief and privacy at this time,” his publicist, Lori Earl, said in the statement.

Young Jr. was the subject of a paternity dispute in 1990 when his mother, Jenita Porter, filed a lawsuit against Dr. Dre in Orange County Superior Court, seeking $5,000-a-month child support.

She said in the suit that although Young promised to support their then 2-year-old son before his birth, she had received only a small amount of cash, a few gifts and diapers during their four-year relationship.

An autopsy was performed Monday, but the cause of death wasn’t likely to be determined for eight weeks while toxicology tests are done.

Over the past two decades, Dr. Dre has become one of the biggest hitmakers in the hip hop industry. The founder and chief executive of Aftermath Entertainment helped change the face of music by innovating the sound of gangsta rap with his incendiary group N.W.A. in the 1980s. My heart goes out to Dr. Dre and his family.