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Alex Kinyua, 22, who attended a Los Alamos National Laboratory symposium in the summer of 2011, entered a guilty plea Monday in a Baltimore courtroom to first-degree murder in the death of 37-year-old Kujoe Bonsafo Agyei-Kodie last year.
The former Morgan State University student spoke softly as he responded to questions from the judge, saying he had agreed to the plea and medications he had been taking were helping him. He declined an opportunity to address the court.
Judge Stephen Waldron said he had concerns about agreeing to the plea, but had to accept determinations by psychiatrists for the defense and prosecution that Kinyua could not be held criminally responsible. He expressed condolences to family and friends of the Agyei-Kodie.
“My heart breaks for you,” Waldron said. “I am very, very sorry.”
Kinyua has been held at the state’s maximum-security psychiatric hospital and returned there after the hearing.
Kinyua, a U.S. citizen originally from Kenya, admitted using a knife to kill Agyei-Kodi, the Harford County Sheriff’s Office said when Kinyua was arrested last year. Agyei-Kodie, a native of Ghana, had been staying with the Kinyua family for about six weeks at their townhouse in a Baltimore suburb when he disappeared in May 2012. His body was found four days later.
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