An Oklahoma Guy Admits to Killing Three People and Removing the Heart of One

Weeks after being released from jail as part of a broad commutation push, an Oklahoma man admitted to killing three people, including a lady whose heart was severed from her body and was given a life term.

In Grady County District Court on Wednesday, Lawrence Paul Anderson, 44, entered a plea of guilty to three counts of murder as well as single counts of maiming and assault and abuse.

Anderson was given a life sentence without the possibility of parole as part of a plea agreement in which prosecutor Jason Hicks decided not to pursue the death penalty at the behest of the families of the victims.

After the sentence, Hicks stated at a press conference, “They don’t want a trial. They don’t want to sit in a courtroom and hear the graphic details of what occurred to their loved ones, the prosecutor said.

The suspect Cut out the Victim’s heart

According to investigators, Anderson broke into Andrea Lynn Blankenship’s home, fatally stabbed her, and cut out her heart before bringing it to the house of his uncle and aunt, Leon Pye and Delsie Pye. Andrea Lynn Blankenship, 41, was found dead.

According to authorities, Anderson prepared the heart and attempted to give it to the Pyes before fatally stabbing Leon Pye, 67, his 4-year-old granddaughter Kaeos Yates, and his aunt Delsie Pye.

Delsie Pye, 66, expressed her heartbreak at a family member committing such a crime during the sentencing hearing.

The mother of Kaeos Yates, Tasha Yates, cursed Anderson and bolted from the courtroom.

Who does that—who kills a baby? Yates shouted.

The tweet below confirms the news:

Anderson’s 20-year jail sentence for drug-related crimes was commuted by Governor Kevin Stitt on the advice of the state Pardon and Parole Board, and he was freed less than a month before the February 2021 attacks.

When the board denied his plea for a commutation in July 2019, a grand jury inquiry revealed Anderson was unjustly added to the commutation docket in August 2019. As a result, he must now wait three years before reapplying as required by board regulations.

The second request was granted by Stitt after the board made its commutation recommendation.

Stitt, the Pardon and Parole Board, and other parties have been sued by Delsie Pye and the relatives of the victims for federal civil rights violations connected to Anderson’s release.

The case is still active, and each defendant has made a motion to dismiss it.

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