Alexander Kinyua, an accused cannibal, has pleaded guilty. Kinyua, age 22, is accused of killing and eating parts of Kujoe Bonsafo Agyei-Kodie in 2012.
Maryland Circuit Judge Stephen M. Waldron accepted the guilty plea. However, he ruled that Kinyua was not criminally responsible for his actions.
As reported by The Baltimore Sun, Kinyua was sentenced to treatment with Maryland’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
Kinyua’s crime spree started with the brutal beating of Joshua Ceasar. Both men were students at Morgan State University.
Alexander Kinyua was arrested and charged with beating Cesar with a baseball bat covered in barbed wire. He was eventually released on bail.
Kodie, age 37, was staying with Kinyua’s family at the time. A native of Ghana, Kodie was in the United States to attend college. He is described as a determined, “godly young man.”
According to friends and family, Kodie’s dream was to complete his education in the United States.
While Kinyua was out on bail, he lured Kodie to his death. Kinyua admitted killing his friend. He also admitted eating his heart and a portion of his brain.
Attorneys for the defense contend that Kinyua is mentally unstable. Medical experts confirmed that Kinyua suffers from severe mental illness.
The prosecution did not contest the assessment.
Judge Waldron accepted Kinyua’s plea. During the ruling, the judge apologized to the victim’s family:
“My heart breaks for you… I’m very, very sorry.”
Kinyua was also found guilty, but not responsible for beating Kodie. As reported by Huffington Post, Kodie filed a lawsuit against Morgan State University.
Kodie contends that university staff noted, but ignored, Kinyua’s mental state. According to the lawsuit, Kinyua started displaying disturbing behavior in 2011.
His bizarre behavior and aggression continued to escalate. However, he was still permitted to attend the university.
Alexander Kinyua is currently being held at the Clifton T. Perkins Hospital in Jessup.
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