Cops: Fla. man arrested for gruesome Conn. slaying

Published: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 2:05 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 2:05 p.m.

LYNN HAVEN — A Florida man has been arrested for allegedly hacking to death a Connecticut man and eating the victim's eye and part of his brain.

Lynn Haven police said Wednesday that 35-year-old Tyree Lincoln Smith had been arrested Tuesday night on a Connecticut warrant for murder.

According to police in Bridgeport, Conn., Smith was covered in blood when he told a relative on Dec. 16 that he had killed a homeless man with a hatchet and eaten pieces of his brain and his eye.

The relative contacted authorities after the victim's body was discovered Friday. Police say Smith left Connecticut that day on a Florida-bound bus.

Lynn Haven police say federal, state and local law enforcement officers took Smith into custody at an apartment without incident.

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