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Lawrence Paul Anderson, who was charged with three counts of first-degree murder and a single count of felony maiming and assault with a deadly weapon this week, asked to be held in the Grady County Jail without bail.

Anderson, 42, was released early from prison in January as part of a mass commutation effort via a new Oklahoma state law that took effect in 2019. The new law altered the guidelines for some drug and property crimes and ultimately led to the recommendation of commutation for more than 520 inmates via the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board.

On February 9, Anderson visited his aunt, uncle, and young cousin in Chickasha. According to police, Anderson had fatally stabbed his family’s neighbor Andrea Lynn Blankenship, “cut her heart out” and attempted to serve the organ to his aunt and uncle with potatoes. Afterwards, Anderson attacked his uncle Leon Pye and his aunt Delsie.

Police were alerted to 67-year-old Leon’s home after receiving a 911 call from inside the residence. Upon arrival, officers stated that they heard yelling from inside the house before they entered and found Leon and his four-year-old granddaughter Kaeos Yates dead. Delsie was alive but had been severely maimed by stab wounds in both of her eyes. Anderson and Delsie were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.

While in custody in the hospital on February 12, Anderson admitted to killing 41-year-old Blankenship. Police then broke into the victim’s home and found her body had been stabbed and her chest heavily mutilated. An agent with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation told a judge that Anderson had “cooked the heart with potatoes to feed to his family to release the demons.”

During a news conference on Tuesday, Grady County District Attorney Jason Hicks (R) condemned Governor Kevin Stitt’s (R) commutation and criticized the parole board for letting Anderson out of prison. Hicks stated that “an offender such as this should have not ever been able to even apply for commutation” and even revealed that the Oklahoma Department of Corrections warned in Anderson’s application that he was a “high risk to offend.” Anderson is scheduled to return to court on April 1.

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