CHICKASHA, Oklahoma. (AP) – Oklahoma man who was released early from jail in January as part of a mass switching effort is now charged with three murders, including the death of a neighbor whose heart he had amputated , the authorities said.
A judge denied bail Tuesday of Lawrence Paul Anderson, who faces three counts of first degree murder, one count of assault and one count of dismemberment for this month’s attack on Chickasha , about 35 miles southwest of Oklahoma City.
According to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, Anderson is accused of killing Andrea Lynn Blankenship, 41, and cutting her heart out. Authorities say Anderson brought the heart to his aunt and uncle’s house, cooked it with potatoes and tried serving it to them before killing Leon Pye, 67, injuring the aunt and kill Kaeos Yates, the couple’s 4-year-old granddaughter.
Anderson sobbed in court during an initial court appearance on Tuesday, The Oklahoman reported.
“I don’t want a bond, Your Honor. I don’t want a bond, ”he said.
Anderson’s attorney, Al Hoch, has indicated he will request a mental assessment to determine if Anderson is qualified to stand trial.
Anderson was sentenced in 2017 to 20 years in prison for probation violations in a drug case, the newspaper reported. Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt commuted the sentence last year to nine years in prison, and Anderson was released after serving just over three years.
Grady County District Attorney Jason Hicks criticized criminal justice reform that led to the commutation of hundreds of Oklahoma inmates.
“It’s about time we did better,” Hicks said. “If we have the highest incarceration rate in the world, okay. We can look at our citizens and be honest with them and tell them that you are safe. I cannot tell people in my district today that they are safe.
Stitt’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.
Jason Nelson, Oklahoma’s acting secretary for public safety, said the Oklahoma Pardons and Parole Board recommended switching Anderson to a 3-1 vote.