BALTIMORE — A Maryland judge has ordered a cannibalism suspect transferred to the state’s maximum-security psychiatric hospital for a competency evaluation, prosecutors said Tuesday.
Alexander Kinyua, 21, of Joppatowne was also indicted Tuesday on one count each of first-degree murder and carrying a weapon with intent to injure in the death of Kujoe Bonsafo Agyei-Kodie, the Harford County state’s attorney’s office announced. Kinyua told investigators last month that he killed Agyei-Kodie, who had been staying with his family, and ate his heart and part of his brain, according to the sheriff’s office.
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The indictment followed a hearing where Kinyua’s attorneys requested the evaluation and District Court Judge Susan Hazlett ordered that he be transferred to Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center, prosecutors said. Perkins is Maryland’s only maximum-security psychiatric hospital.
A Baltimore grand jury indicted Kinyua last week on attempted murder and other charges in a separate attack on May 19 at his apartment at Morgan State University. The slaying at Kinyua’s family’s home in Harford County took place May 25. He previously faced assault charges in the in the dorm attack.
Joshua Ceasar said Kinyua hit him over the head with a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire as he walked into the apartment, knocking him out. Friends who followed a blood trail from the door to a back room told Ceasar they discovered Kinyua standing over him with a knife and Kinyua fled, he said.