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Hearing set for man accused of killing Purcell girl

By Sean Murphy Published: August 21, 2006
OKLAHOMA CITY - A man accused of killing a 10-year-old girl in what prosecutors described as a cannibalistic plot is scheduled to appear in a McClain County courtroom Tuesday for a preliminary hearing.

Kevin Ray Underwood, 26, of Purcell, is charged with first-degree murder in the strangulation of Jamie Rose Bolin, who lived with her father in the same apartment complex as Underwood. Prosecutors have said they plan to seek the death penalty.

Jamie was reported missing April 12 after failing to return home from a trip to the library. Her body was found nearly decapitated inside a plastic tub in Underwood's bedroom closet.

According to a police affidavit, he confessed that he killed the girl, telling FBI agents: "Go ahead and arrest me. She is in there. I chopped her up."

After Underwood's arrest, police and prosecutors held a press conference in which they revealed grisly details of the crime, saying Underwood raped the girl's corpse and planned to eat her flesh.

A medical examiner's report released later indicated there were signs of sexual assault, but could not determine if they were inflicted after her death.

A judge later granted Underwood's defense attorney's request for a gag order that prohibited attorneys and law enforcement from discussing the case publicly.

However, for years Underwood documented his thoughts and musings in an online journal, or Blog, that he maintained on the Internet.

In it, he joked about cannibalism and wrote about feeling isolated, depressed and even homicidal.

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