CHICKASHA, Oklahoma — A triple murder suspect who had recently been released on parole, admitted he killed his neighbor and cut her heart out to eat at home, authorities said.
Lawrence Paul Anderson is accused of killing neighbor Andrea Lynn Blankenship, 41, at her home and then returning to his home , where he allegedly killed his uncle and his 4-year-old niece. Anderson is also accused of stabbing his aunt, but she survived.
“He took the heart back to 214 West Minnesota, Chickasha,” an agent with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation told a judge in a request for a search warrant.
“He cooked the heart with potatoes to feed to his family to release the demons,” the agent wrote.
The case has sparked outrage because, Anderson, a repeat felon, had been released early from prison in January, the Oklahoman reported. He had been sentenced in 2017 to serve 20 years behind bars but got out after Gov. Kevin Stitt commuted his sentence.
The governor commuted the sentence to nine years at the recommendation of the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board and Anderson served a little more than three years. He had been staying with his uncle, Leon Pye, and aunt, Delsie Pye, since his release.
Anderson, 42, now faces possible death penalty charges.
Chickasha police went to Anderson’s uncle’s house on Feb. 9 after a woman called 911 for help. An officer forced his way into the house after hearing a woman yelling. Inside they found Leon Pye, 67, dead and his granddaughter, Kaeos Yates, injured. “She was pronounced deceased in the ambulance on scene,” the OSBI agent wrote in the search warrant request.
Delsie Pye suffered stab wounds to both eyes, police said
Anderson was arrested inside the Pye home. “Chickasha Police Officers observed Anderson throwing up in the living room into some pillows,” officers wrote in their report.
Blankeship was discovered Feb. 11 after investigators interviewed Anderson at an Oklahoma City hospital where he was being treated for injuries and he confessed to the additional slaying.
Anderson was first sentenced to prison in Oklahoma in 2006 for four years for attacking his girlfriend, pointing a gun at her and possessing crack cocaine with the intent to distribute, records show. He was out in less than two years.
He went back to prison in 2012 to serve a 15-year sentence for selling crack cocaine near an elementary school in Chickasha. He also was ordered to spend 20 years on probation after his release. He was out in less than five years and four months.
He was sent back to prison in December 2017 to serve 20 more years when a judge both revoked his probation in full and sentenced him for new crimes.
He had been out less than five months in 2017 when police arrested him after he confronted a woman at her car in a church parking lot in Chickasha. Police reported he was carrying a handgun, which was illegal for him to have because of his past convictions.
At the jail, a detention officer found a vial of PCP hidden in his underwear. He pleaded guilty to gun and drug offenses.