Alexander Kinyua, not criminally responsible for Cannibalism and the Murder of Kujoe Bonsafo Agyei-Kod

August 20, 2013  (WBALTV) – Alexander Kinyua pleaded guilty Monday to charges that he killed a family friend with an ax and ate his heart, and a Harford County judge found the defendant not criminally responsible for the act because of mental illness.

The decision means Kinyua, 22, will not be sent to prison for the Joppa killing. Instead, Kinyua will remain committed to a mental health facility indefinitely, unless a judge finds that he is healthy and no longer dangerous.

In December 2011, released from ROTC, he believed people had sabotaged his computer records and had conspired to get him drunk, causing him to miss a football game. He punched holes in an office wall, prompting an ROTC official to call him a “Virginia Tech waiting to happen.”

Murder of Kujoe Bonsafo Agyei-Kodie

The murder of Kujoe Bonsafo Agyei-Kodie, an exchange student from Ghana, is alleged to have been carried out by Alexander Kinyua (born October 23, 1990 in Nairobi) in Maryland, United States.

Kinyua is alleged to have eaten Agyei-Kodies’ organs in an act of cannibalism. The killing came after Kinyua was released on bail following a separate brutal attack.

Background

Kinyua emigrated from Kenya to the United States as a child and became a U.S. citizen. At the time of the alleged murder and cannibalism, 21-year-old Kinyua was an engineering student at Morgan State University, a Historically Black College and University (HBCU). His father is a professor at the school.

Kinya had posted nonsensical and bizarre writings on his Facebook page, for example, two days before Kinyua’s arrest, he wrote:

HEAR ME OUT BUTCHERS: ARE YOU STRONG ENOUGH TO ENDURE RITUAL HBCU MASS HUMAN SACRIFICES AROUND THE COUNTRY AND STILL BE ABLE TO FUNCTION AS HUMAN BEINGS? IT’S BEEN ALL TOO TRAGIC WITH THE DUAL UNIVERSITY SHOOTINGS AT VIRGINIA TECH, AND OTHER PAST UNIVERSITY KILLINGS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. NOW FOR A TWIST: ETHNIC CLEANSING IS THE POLICY, STRATEGY AND TACTICS THAT WILL AFFECT YOU, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY IN THE COMING MONTHS. THIS IS THE BRUTAL BASIS, AN EVIL & TERRIFYING METHOD OF THIS DEATH CULTS.

Kinyua’s mother posted on her Facebook:

Our son, Alexander Kimanthi Kinyua, was arrested on Saturday, May 19, for being involved in a fight in his dormitory room at Morgan State University. The charge against him is “1st Degree Assault and Excessive Endangerment of Life”. His bail has been set for US $220,000.00. In order to get him the best defense possible, we need to secure an attorney who will take his case and leave no stone unturned.

While Kinyua was out on bail for 1st Degree Assault and Excessive Endangerment of Life, he allegedly murdered and cannibalized illegal alien Kujoe Agyei-Kodie.

Killing of Kujoe Bonsafo Agyei-Kodie

Agyei-Kodie was staying with the Kinyua family pending deportation to his home country due to non-compliance with the terms of his visa. He had first met Antony Kinyua, the father of his alleged killer, while pursuing a doctoral degree at Morgan State University. On Friday, May 25, 2012, Kujoe Bonsafo Agyei-Kodie was reported missing by Kinyua’s father.

Police reported to the Kinyua residence on May 31 after being contacted by Kinyua’s brother to report what looked like body parts in two tins in the basement. Further remains were found in a dumpster outside a church about a mile away. Alexander Kinyua was arrested and charged with first degree murder, along with first and second degree assault.

Aftermath

Morgan State established a chief public safety officer position in the wake of the killing. Kinyua’s father has returned to teaching. His son, Alexander Kinyua, has undergone mental health evaluations and faces a possible death penalty at trial.

Kinyua was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.

Kinyua has been indefinitely committed to a Maryland mental institution.

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