Maryland Cannibal Suspect Incompetent to Stand Trial

Prosecutors reviewed report by a psychiatric hospital

Thursday, Aug 16, 2012  |  Updated 3:24 PM EDT
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Md. Cannibal Suspect Incompetent to Stand Trial

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A Maryland man who told police he killed a housemate and ate his body parts has been ruled incompetent to stand trial.

Prosecutors have reviewed a report by a psychiatric hospital and agree Alexander Kinyua, 21, is incompetent to stand trial, Harford County State's Attorney Joseph I. Cassilly wrote to the judge in the case Monday.

Kinyua, of Joppatowne, Md., has been undergoing a competency evaluation at the Clifton T. Perkins Hospital.

Cassilly says doctors at the hospital will treat Kinyua and decide if he is competent.

Authorities say Kinyua told investigators earlier this year that he killed a 37-year-old Ghanaian man who had been staying with his family, and ate his heart and part of his brain. He was indicted in June for first-degree murder and a weapons charge.

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