Cannibalism Trial Set to Begin

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A 35-year-old Florida man is expected to use an insanity defense as his murder trial begins in the slaying and cannibalizing of a homeless man in Connecticut.

Tyree Lincoln Smith, of Lynn Haven, Florida, is accused of using an ax to kill Angel Gonzalez, whose body was found on the third floor of an abandoned home on Brooks Street in Bridgeport in December 2011. 

According to court documents, Smith told a cousin that he collected one of his victim's eyes and some of his brain matter, which he consumed in a nearby cemetery, washing it down with some sake.

One of Smith's relatives went to police on Jan. 23 to report that Smith arrived at her house in Dec. 15 2011, talking about Greek gods, told her he had to "get blood on his hands" and was going to Beardsley Park and to his former house on Brooks Street, according to the arrest warrant.

Public defender Joseph Bruckman told the Connecticut Post he intends to call two Yale University psychiatrists to support the insanity claim.

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