Baltimore City

Kinyua indicted with attempted murder in baseball bat beating

The man charged with dismembering a friend and eating his heart and part of his brain was indicted Thursday on a separate attempted first-degree murder charge in the beating of another victim hit with a baseball bat.

A grand jury also indicted 21-year-old Morgan State University student Alexander Kinyua on charges of attempted second-degree murder, two counts of assault and using a deadly weapon with intent to injure. The suspect is being held without bail in Harford County on a first-degree murder charge in connection with the killing of his friend.


Morgan State police had initially charged Kinyua only with first-degree assault and reckless endangerment in connection with the baseball bat attack that occurred in a campus dorm room on May 19.

The victim of the beating, Joshua Ceasar, who had been a friend of Kinyua's and said he was bludgeoned without warning when he visited the dorm room, questioned last week why police had not charged Kinyua with a more serious charge of attempted murder.


Ceasar said his friends told him that Kinyua stood over his prone body holding a knife before they pushed him out of the way. His injuries included the loss of sight in one eye.

The victim and his attorney said a stiffer charge might have prompted the District Court judge set a higher bail that could've kept Kinyua in jail before the killing occurred. The judge set bail at $220,000 on the assault charge and Kinyua was freed May 23.

Two days later, Kujoe Bonsafo Agyei-Kodie, 37, was reported missing from a house owned by Kinyua's father in Harford County. Five days later, Kinyua's brother found two hands and a head in a tin, and police found the rest of Agyei-Kodie's remains in a trash bin at a nearby church. Police charged Kinyua in the killing and said he confessed to eating some of the victim's remains.

A spokesman for the Baltimore State's Attorney's Office said last week that the initial charges filed by Morgan State University Police were appropriate given the knowledge at the time. The spokesman said then that more serious charges could be filed later.