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Fla. man arrested in Conn. killing

Police say victim hacked to death

LYNN HAVEN, Fla. - A Florida man has been arrested after hacking to death a Connecticut man and eating the victim’s eye and part of his brain, police said yesterday.

Tyree Lincoln Smith, 35, was arrested Tuesday night on a Connecticut warrant on a murder charge, said police in Lynn Haven, Fla.

A property inspector discovered the body of Angel L. Gonzalez Friday on the third floor of an abandoned house in Bridgeport, Conn., police said. A medical examiner determined that the cause of death was blunt head trauma and ruled the death a homicide.

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On Monday a cousin of Smith’s in Connecticut contacted Bridgeport police about Gonzalez’s death. She told detectives that Smith had arrived at her house Dec. 15 and said he wanted to “get blood on his hands,’’ before going to a park and then to the abandoned house, where he used to live, according to an affidavit.

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The next day, Smith returned to the cousin’s house with blood on his pants, hands, and an ax, the affidavit said. Smith’s cousin said he told her that he was sleeping on a porch at the abandoned house when we was awakened by a Hispanic man and invited inside. Then Smith described beating the man’s face and head with the ax and collecting one of his eyes, a piece of his skull, and some of his brain matter, which he consumed in a nearby cemetery, the affidavit said.

Smith left Connecticut for Florida Friday on a bus, the cousin told detectives. In a recorded phone call, Smith said that he told a relative that he had killed the man, the affidavit states.