Kinyua guilty but not criminally responsible in Morgan beating

Written By comlim on Kamis, 20 Desember 2012 | 07.17

A victim of a Morgan State University student accused of killing and cannibalizing a family friend wants to see Alexander Kinyua locked away. There are first degree murder charges pending. (Justin George/Baltimore Sun video)

By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun

4:38 p.m. EST, December 19, 2012

Alexander Kinyua, the Morgan State University student accused of killing and cannibalizing a family friend, pleaded guilty but not criminally responsible Wednesday on separate attempted murder charges.

Kinyua, 22, was charged with the attempted murder of Joshua Ceasar after beating him with a baseball bat wrapped with barbed wire in a dorm room in May, just a week before he allegedly killed Kujoe Bonsafo Agyei-Kodie in Harford County.

Baltimore Circuit Judge Gale E. Rasin said Kinyua did not comprehend what he was doing, suffering from paranoid schizophrenia during the attack. She ordered Kinyua committed to a psychiatric hospital for mental treatment indefinitely until a team of doctors and an administrative law judge agree to release him.

"The evidence is overwhelming that Mr. Kinyua was suffering from a mental illness at the time of the offense," she said during an hour long, emotional hearing in which she went to great lengths to explain her decision to Ceasar.

"I'm going to forgive you just for the simple fact of what I believe in," Ceasar, blinded in the attack said to Kinyua through black eyeglasses and tears. But he told the judge he didn't agree that Kinyua could someday be released if medical and court professionals believed he posed no more danger.

"I don't agree with the court system that he has a chance to be let go," he said. "He shouldn't see the light of day."

Kinyua, lucid enough to speak Wednesday thanks to two psychotropic drugs he said he was taking, was also given an opportunity to speak.

"My deepest apology and sympathies will not be able to cover up what happened," he said.

He noted how Ceasar forgave him but said, "I don't forgive myself."

It's unclear how Wednesday's guilty plea will affect his pending first-degree murder charge in Harford County. In August, Kinyua was found not competent to stand trial on that charge. And in an October court filing, Kinyua's attorney and prosecutors asked for up to 60 more days so the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene could finish an evaluation.

Kinyua, an electrical-engineering major at Morgan State, had shown signs of erratic behavior before the two alleged attacks, according to police records.

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