A triple-murder suspect has confessed to killing a neighbor and cutting out her heart to eat, according to The Oklahoman.
"He took the heart back to 214 West Minnesota, Chickasha," an agent with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation told a judge. "He cooked the heart with potatoes to feed to his family to release the demons."
According to an OSBI search warrant request obtained by The Oklahoman, Lawrence Paul Anderson entered 41-year-old Andrea Lynn Blankenship's home. "Anderson advised he killed the female resident and cut her heart out," read the warrant request.
The report states that Anderson then went home and allegedly killed his uncle and a 4-year-old girl on February 9. Anderson also reportedly stabbed his aunt in the eyes but she survived.
The 42-year-old was released early from prison in January after he had been sentenced to 20 years behind bars in 2017, reportedly on drug charges and having a gun, which was in violation of his probation. The sentence was commuted to nine years, and Anderson had been staying with his uncle Leon Pye and aunt Delsie Pye since his release earlier this year.
Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt commuted the sentence in June 2020. His office claimed that the governor believed that Anderson was going to live in Texas with his daughter and work for his son-in-law in the oil field but the release plans were later changed to his aunt and uncle’s home, the Oklahoman reported.
"This has to be addressed by the Legislature, sooner rather than later, because more people are going to get killed," Grady County District Attorney Jason Hicks said two days after the February 9 incident.
Anderson was denied bond on Tuesday, February 23, and it is not known if he made a plea, the Washington Post reported.
"I really think an offender such as this should have not ever been able to even apply for a commutation," Hicks said, adding: "The death penalty is absolutely on the table."
Police arrived at Anderson’s home on February 9 after a woman called 911. Officers found Leon Pye already dead and his granddaughter Kaeos Yates injured, who later died in the ambulance. Anderson was reportedly seen "throwing up" into pillows.
Blankenship’s death was discovered on February 11 after the OSBI spoke to Anderson in the hospital. "He confessed to going to 227 West Minnesota Avenue, Chickasha," an agent wrote. "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."
Anderson’s criminal record began in 2006 when he was sentenced to four years behind bars for attacking his girlfriend, pointing a gun at her and for having crack cocaine in his possession with the intent to distribute, according to Law and Crime, but was reportedly released in less than two years.
Anderson was then reportedly nabbed for a 15-year sentence in 2012 for selling crack cocaine near an elementary school and was given 20 years probation but was released in less than five years and four months.
In 2017, he was back in prison for a 20-year sentence when a judge revoked his probation after he was arrested for confronting a woman in a church parking lot only five months after he had been released from prison. He was carrying a handgun, which was illegal due to his past convictions.
A GoFundMe has been set up for Blankenship’s memorial, which has raised more than $4,000.
"My mom’s life was taken too early. She was murdered tuesday night alone with another family by a man who should never have been let out of prison early," her daughter Haylee Blankenship wrote.