Cannibal Killer: Student Ate Roommate's Brain And Heart, Cops Say
Alexander Kinyua is charged in the killing of Kujoe Bonsafo Agyei- Kodie (Harford County Sheriff's Office / May 30, 2012)
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Alexander Kinyua, 21, was being held without bail Friday at the Harford County Detention Center after being charged a day earlier with first-degree murder, first-degree assault and second-degree assault in the alleged cannibalism case.
Calls to his public defender Friday morning were not immediately returned.
Harford County Sheriff Jesse Bane told reporters Thursday that Kinyua admitted killing his housemate, cutting him up, and then eating his heart and part of his brain.
According to the Harford County District Court case record, the killing occurred on May 25. Five days earlier, Kinyua was charged with first-degree assault and reckless endangerment in another case, a separate court record shows.
The earlier assault occurred on May 19, according to the case record, which said Kinyua lived in the Baltimore neighborhood of Joppatowne.
According to police and the charging document, Kinyua has admitted killing his housemate, Kujoe Bonsafo Agyei-Kodie.
On Tuesday, Antony Kinyua -- Alexander Kinyua's father -- called a Harford County detective assigned to a missing person's case and told him about a gruesome discovery made by another of his sons, the charging document states.
The other son explained to the detective how he had come across two metal tins covered by a blanket in the basement laundry room of Agyei-Kodie's Joppatowne residence. He opened the tins and found a human head and two hands.
The brother said he "confronted (Alexander Kinyua), who denied the remains were human," then went upstairs to get his father, the detective said in the charging document. When the father and son returned to the basement, "the items he observed were gone and ... Alex Kinyua was cleaning the container he observed them in."
Two Harford County detectives later arrived and discovered the head and hands on the home's main floor.
"He admitted to killing our missing person, Mr. Kodie, and cutting him up with a knife," Bane said. "He further stated that he consumed Mr. Kodie's internal organs -- specifically his heart and portions of his brain."
The suspect told detectives to go to the parking lot of the nearby Town Baptist Church, where they could -- and did -- find the rest of Agyei-Kodie's remains in a Dumpster.
A missing person's report filed May 26 described Agyei-Kodie, 37, as "very intelligent." He had earned multiple master's degrees from schools in Ghana and was also a graduate student at Morgan State University, though he wasn't taking classes there at the time of his death.
Kinyua was affiliated with the same state university in Baltimore. The engineering student was one of 175 people showcased in an August 2011 symposium run by the prestigious Los Alamos National Laboratory. His study focused on the cost-effectiveness and productivity of "comfort control" systems regulating heating, ventilation and air conditioning.