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Originally published Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 12:10 PM

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Plea expected for alleged cannibal in Md. slaying

A Maryland prosecutor says a man accused of cannibalism is expected to plead guilty but not criminally responsible in the slaying of a man staying with his family.

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BEL AIR, Md. —

A Maryland prosecutor says a man accused of cannibalism is expected to plead guilty but not criminally responsible in the slaying of a man staying with his family.

Charging documents state Alex Kinyua, a 22-year-old former Morgan State University student, told authorities that he ate the heart and brain of the Ghanaian man he was charged with killing in 2012. Harford County State's Attorney Joseph Cassilly said Wednesday that Kinyua is expected to enter the plea to first-degree murder.

His attorney's office declined comment.

The slaying came days after Kinyua, a U.S. citizen originally from Kenya, was charged in an on-campus beating that blinded another man. He entered the same plea to attempted murder in that attack, meaning he would be confined to a mental health facility, not prison.

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