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US man accused of cannibalism pleads guilty

August 19, 2013

BEL AIR, Maryland (AP) — A U.S. man who told authorities he killed a man and ate his heart and parts of his brain has pleaded guilty but not criminally responsible to murder.

Alexander Kinyua entered the plea Monday to first-degree murder in the 2012 death of a 37-year-old man from Ghana who was staying with Kinyua’s family.

The 22-year-old Kinyua, a U.S. citizen originally from Kenya, admitted using an axe to kill Kujoe Bonsafo Agyei-Kodie while he was sleeping before eating his organs, the Harford County Sheriff’s Office has said. He hid the head and hands and placed the remaining body parts in a trash bin in a nearby church parking lot.

Agyei-Kodie’s body was found four days after he disappeared in May 2012.

Authorities say Kinyua ranted about “human sacrifices” on Facebook before the killing.

The judge said he had concerns about accepting Kinyua’s plea but had to accept psychiatrists’ determinations that he could not be held criminally responsible.

Kinyua has been held at the state’s maximum-security psychiatric hospital.

He softly as he responded to questions from the judge, saying he had agreed to the plea and that medications he had been taking were helping him. He declined an opportunity to address the court.

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