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Friday, February 29, 2008

For obvious reasons, jury needs just minutes to convict 'cannibal killer'

The victim was a 10-year-old girl, whose body was found in a plastic tub in Kevin Underwood's apartment in April 2006. He admitted on tape to clubbing her over the head while she was watching TV and playing with his pet rat.

In the confession, Underwood said he lured the girl, his upstairs neighbor, into his apartment in Purcell, hit her with a cutting board, smothered her with his hands, sexually assaulted the body and nearly cut her head off as part of a fantasy involving cannibalism.

"I wanted to know what it tasted like, and just the thought of eating someone was appealing to me," Underwood said in the confession.

Underwood told authorities the girl cried out "I'm sorry" before he killed her, sexually assaulted her lifeless body and draped it over the bathtub to begin sawing her neck with a decorative dagger. Yes, prosecutors want the death penalty.

-- Sara Shepherd

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