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By Julianna Parker
Transcript Staff Writer
Kevin Ray Underwood spoke matter-of-factly about his plan to kill, rape and eat 10-year-old Jamie Rose Bolin in a videotaped confession shown Thursday in court.
The 28-year-old former grocery store stocker is on trial for the first-degree murder of Bolin, his Purcell neighbor. Underwood has shown no emotion during the trial this week and was unmoved as he watched his confession.
Underwood’s parents, who have been at nearly all stages of the trial, were not there for the confession. Bolin’s family also either did not show up or left during the explicit confession. The jury didn’t react emotionally.
In the April 14, 2006, video, Underwood confessed to two FBI agents at the Purcell Police Department two days after Bolin went missing. At the beginning of the tape, Underwood said he felt nauseated. He spoke softly and had to be prompted with questions. As he launched into his plan, he became more animated and even excited about his plot.
Underwood told the FBI agents he hatched the plan after viewing cannibalistic pornography online and fantasizing about eating someone.
Underwood said at one point he started having these fantasies only recently. They started when he got back on his antidepressant medication, Lexapro, a few months before. At another point in the taped confession, he said his obsession with cannibalism began about a year before.
“It started off as cannibalism … I wanted to know what it tasted like, just the thought of eating someone, and it was appealing to me,” he said. “But then it kept kind of evolving from there ’cause I am, you know, sexually frustrated. I haven’t had sex in four years.”
Underwood said he masturbated frequently. Sometimes while he was watching children play outside his apartment and thinking about kidnapping and raping one, he would become so sexually aroused he couldn’t go through with the plan.
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- Underwood Trial
- Jury deliberates in Underwood trial The jury began deliberations at about 3 p.m. today to determine the punishment for Kevin Ray Underwood in the first-degree murder of Jamie Rose Bolin.
- Question emerges as jury deliberates The jury in the Kevin Ray Underwood case has passed a question and two requests to the court.
- Attorneys prepare jury for deliberations Attorney for the state told the jury to choose the death penalty for Kevin Ray Underwood today during closing arguments.
- Jury to deliberate this afternoon in Underwood trial Both sides rested their cases in the first-degree murder trial of Kevin Ray Underwood this morning.
- State's rebuttal witness testifies Kevin Ray Underwood would pose a higher risk of reoffending than another psychologist testified, the state's rebuttal witness said in court this morning.
- Family of Bolin praises Underwood’s death sentence The jury’s decision to punish Kevin Ray Underwood with death was an emotional one, for both jurors and family members.
- Inside Underwood's mind Kevin Ray Underwood’s personality and mood disorders could be medicated and that would potentially control his deviant sexual impulses, a psychiatrist specializing in sexual impulse disorders testified in court Wednesday.
- Underwood's disorders could be medicated to keep him in line, psychiatrist says Kevin Ray Underwood's disorders could be medicated and that would potentially make his deviant sexual impulses decrease, a psychiatrist specializing in sexual impulse disorders testified in court this morning.
- Tests claims Underwood not a psychopath, also could have faked answers Kevin Ray Underwood would pose a low risk for violence if he were sent to prison, said Dr. Antoinette McGarrahan, a clinical psychologist.
- State questions psychologist's opinion Underwood would not pose threat to others Assistant District Attorney Susan Caswell tried to cast doubt on psychologist Robert Prentky's assertion that Underwood would not pose a continuing threat to society, in court this afternoon.
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