Alexander Kinyua, the former Morgan State University student accused of cannibalizing a housemate of his family's inside their Joppatowne home, has been declared incompetent to stand trial, the prosecutor in the case said.
Harford County State's Attorney Joseph I. Cassilly told the AFRO that Alexander Kinyua, 21, was evaluated by a state-appointed team of physicians after his defense attorney requested that he undergo a mental examination. Physicians determined that he was not capable of making decisions about his case or helping with his defense, Cassilly said.
He is currently held at the Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center in Jessup, a maximum-security Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene facility that evaluates and treats defendants whose mental competency to stand trial has been called into question, according to the hospital's website.
"They are giving him medications and treatments and if they find the right meds to help him become capable to stand trial, they must do an evaluation to determine if he was criminally responsible at the time of the offence," Cassilly said.
In a recent interview, Alexander Kinyua's father, Antony Kinyua, a physics professor at Morgan, said he and his family have tried to move on in the wake of the slaying of Kujoe Bonsafo Agyei-Kodie, 37.
The elder Kinyua had let Agyei-Kodie, who was on hiatus from grad school, move into his family's home after meeting him on campus and taking him under his wing.
Alexander Kinyua had moved back home after he was kicked out of school for allegedly assaulting another student, officials said.
There are no hearings set in the case, Cassilly said.