The Joppatowne man accused of killing his family’s houseguest and eating portions of the man’s body has been ruled unfit to stand trial, according to court records.
In an Aug. 13 letter to Judge Stephen M. Waldron, Harford County State’s Attorney Joseph Cassilly said Alexander Kinyua, 21, is not competent to stand trial. His letter consents to the finding without a court hearing on the issue.
Kinyua was moved in June to the Clifton Perkins Hospital, a maximum-security psychiatric hospital, for evaluation.
“State has reviewed the report of the Clifton T. Perkins Hospital and agrees based on that report that the Court may enter a finding that the Defendant is presently imcompetent [sic] to stand trial without the necessity of a hearing,” an clerk’s office entry in Kinyua’s online record stated.
The determination means that Kinyua will continue to be treated at Perkins Hospital until he is declared either fit to stand trial, or found to be not criminally responsible for his actions, the state’s version of an insanity determination.
Kinyua pled not criminally responsible to charges of first-degree murder and use of a dangerous weapon.
According to police, Kinyua said he killed Kujoe Bonsafo Agyei-Kodie in late May, and ate portions of Agyei-Kodie’s heart and brain. Other remains were found in the Kinyua home by Kinyua’s brother, and by police in a dumpster nearby.