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Tyree Smith, Man Accused Of Eating Brain, Heads Back To Court

Tyree Smith

03/ 5/12 11:38 AM ET  AP

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- A Floridian charged with hacking a Connecticut homeless man to death with an ax and eating some of his brain and an eyeball has pleaded not guilty to murder.

The 35-year-old Smith is charged with murdering Angel Gonzalez in Bridgeport on Dec. 15. He was arrested in his hometown of Lynn Haven, Fla., in January.

Gonzalez's relatives say Smith deserves a sentence of life in prison.

Smith's lawyer, Corrie-Ann L. Mainville, objected to a TV news crew in the courtroom. Judge Robert Devlin overruled her, saying the case has significant public interest.

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