A Florida man who killed a vagrant with an ax and ate his brain and eyes has been committed to a maximum-security psychiatric hospital in Connecticut after being found not guilty by reason of insanity.
Tyree Lincoln Smith, 36, of Lynn Haven, Fla., was ordered committed Monday by a three-judge panel in Bridgeport Superior Court. The panel in July found him not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.
Judges John Kavanewsky, John Blawie and Maria Kahn were urged by a prosecutor and social worker to protect society from Smith.
“He poses a significant danger to himself and the community,” psychiatric social worker Julie Jacobs testified.
A psychiatrist testified that Smith heard voices that told him to eat Gonzalez’s brain to better understand human behavior and eat his eyes to gain vision into the “spiritual realm.”
I’m pretty sure superstitious beliefs had nothing directly to do with this except as a strange aside. But this brings up a nagging ethical question of how to handle people that can not be in society without extreme hazard to others.
Tip: Jack Brewer