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Maryland cannibalism suspect indicted, sent to mental hospital

Harford County, Md., Sheriff's Office

Alexander Kinyua is accused of killing a housemate and and then eating his heart and part of his brain.

Maryland cannibalism suspect Alexander Kinyua was indicted Tuesday on charges of first-degree murder and weapon carrying, and will be transferred to a state mental hospital for evaluation.

Maryland District Court Judge Susan Hazlett ordered that Kinyua, held without bond, be sent to Clifton Perkins Hospital, Harford County State's Attorney Joseph Cassilly announced.


Prosecutors say Kinyua, 21, killed family friend Kujoe Bonsafo Agyei-Kodie, 37, a Ghanaian national, at the Kinyua family home in Joppatowne. Kinyua told investigators he ate Agyei-Kodie’s heart and part of his brain, prosecutors say.

Agyei-Kodie was reported missing on May 25 by Kinyua's father, a physics professor at Morgan State University in nearby Baltimore, where the suspect and victim were also students. The suspect's brother found two hands and a head in a tin, and police say Kinyua confessed to killing Agyei-Kodie, chopping up his body with a knife. Other remains were found in a trash bin outside a nearby church.

Harford County, Md., Sheriff's Office

Kujoe Bonsafo Agyei-Kodie, slaying victim.

Separately, Kinyua was indicted last week by a Baltimore grand jury on an attempted murder charge in a May 19 attack on a 22-year-old man in a dorm room at Morgan State.

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The victim, Joshua Ceasar, was hit with a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire and chains. He told investigators that when he awoke after the attack, he saw Kinyua standing over him with a knife. Ceasar was left partially blinded, his attorney said.

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