Days after he was released from jail, Lawrence Paul Anderson, police said, ‘cut out his neighbor’s heart and cooked it with potatoes before he attacked his own family members leaving two dead
Anderson, 42, was charged with three counts of murder on Tuesday, accused of stabbing his uncle and his four-year-old granddaughter to death’ on Feb 9
He was arrested Friday for a third murder on the sameday allegedly, has confessed to stabbing his neighbor, Andrea Lynn Blankenship, to death at her home in Chicksha, Oklahoma, earlier that day
He then went back to his house to launch the murderous knife attack n his elderly relatives, on the same day
67-year-old Leon Pye, and four-year-old, Kaeos Yates, both died – Delsie Pye who was stabbed in both eyes, survived her husband and granddaughter
In an interview with investigators Anderson revealed that after murdering Blankenship, ‘He cooked the heart with potatoes to feed to his family to release the demons,’ according to a court filing
The triple murder sparked outraged after it emerged that Anderson had just been released from prison early in Jan, after serving under three of a 20-year sentence
A 42-year-old man with a long history of violent crime and boasts several stints in prison, has confessed to killing his neighbor, cutting out her heart and feeding it to his family before murdering his uncle and a four-year-old girl, days after his latest release from jail, Oklahoma authorities say.
Lawrence Paul Anderson allegedly stabbed the neighbor, Andrea Lynn Blankenship, to death at her home in Chickasha on February 9.
He then went back to his house and stabbed three members of his family – his uncle, aunt and their granddaughter, on the same day, according to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
Police were called to the home and found the homeowner, 67-year-old Leon Pye, and his grandchild, Kaeos Yates, injured.
The four-year-old was pronounced dead in an ambulance en route to the hospital, while her grandmother, Delsie Pye, who was found stabbed in both eyes, is expected to survive.
In an interview with investigators suspect Lawrence Paul Anderson revealed the gruesome final meal he fed his family after murdering Blankenship.
‘He cooked the heart with potatoes to feed to his family to release the demons,’ an OSBI agent wrote in a court filing.
The triple murder sparked outraged after it emerged that Anderson had been released from prison early in January, the Oklahoman reported.
He was sentenced to serve 20 years behind bars for gun and drug offenses in 2017 before Governor Kevin Stitt commuted the sentence to nine years at the recommendation of the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board.
He was released on parole in January and had been staying with his aunt and uncleat their home in Chickasha.
Grady County District Attorney Jason Hicks charged Anderson with three counts of first-degree murder and two felony charges of assault and battery with a deadly weapon and maiming on Tuesday.
Anderson sobbed in court during his initial appearance Tuesday, telling the judge: ‘I don’t want no bail, your honor. I don’t want no bail.’
He is being held without bond and Hicks said the death penalty ‘is on the table’.
Officers with the Chickasha Police Department discovered the two murders in the Pyes home at 214 W Minnesota Ave on Feb., 9 after Delsie Pye called 911.
Anderson was arrested at the home after officers ‘observed [him] throwing up in the living room into some pillows,’ the OBSI agent wrote in a request for a search warrant.
Blankenship’s murder wasn’t discovered until two days later after investigators interviewed him at a hospital where he was being treated for undisclosed injuries.
‘He confessed to going to 227 West Minnesota Avenue, Chickasha,’ the agent wrote, referring to Blankenship’s home.
‘He used his shoulder to knock in the back door. There were two German Shepherd dogs in the house. Anderson advised he killed the female resident and cut her heart out.’
Blankenship, 41, was identified as the victim on Friday. A GoFundMe campaign to cover her funeral costs has raised over $4,000 as of Wednesday.
In the search warrant request, the agent said investigators wanted to collect ‘pots, pans and any utensils for cooking’ as evidence from the Pye home.
Investigators are working to determine whether Anderson was under the influence of drugs at the time of the stabbings, the Oklahoman reported.
Anderson’s attorney, Al Hoch, indicated that he will seek a mental evaluation to determine whether his client is competent to stand trial.
Kaeos’ parents, Tasha Yates and Taranzo Pye, shared their heartbreak at their daughter’s death in an interview with KFOR on February 11.
‘Tell your kids you love them, do everything with them that you possibly can,’ Taranzo said. ‘Because you never know when they might be taken away from you.’
He said of Anderson: ‘He ruined everything. He ruined my whole life.’
Kaeo’s mother, Tasha Yates, said: ‘For me right now, it’s just like random bursts of sorrow, complete sadness that overtakes you. My little soul is broken, my baby.’
Anderson has spent much of the past 15 years in prison, state records show.
In 2006 he was sentenced to four years for attacking his girlfriend and pointing a gun at her and for possessing crack cocaine with intent to distribute. He was released after serving less than two years in prison in that case.
Anderson landed back in lockup in 2012 when he was sentenced to 15 years for selling crack cocaine near a Chickasha elementary school. He was released after five years and four months in 2017 with 20 years probation. Less than five months after that release, Anderson was arrested for confronting a woman with a handgun in a church parking lot. Police later found a vial of PCP in his underwear.
A judge revoked his probation in full and sentenced him to 20 years in prison for new drug and gun crimes in December 2017. At the time of that sentencing, Anderson reportedly told the judge he was taking bipolar medication.
He served just over three years before being released last month when the governor commuted his sentence after Gov. Kevin Stitt commuted his sentence last June to nine years in prison.
The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board had recommended commutation 3-1. In his application Anderson reportedly, said he was going to live in Texas with his daughter and work for his son-in-law in the oil field, the interim secretary.
However, his domicile for release were later changed to the home of his uncle and aunt in Chickasha.