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. "My fantasies are just getting weirder and weirder. Dangerously weird," Underwood wrote in September 2004. "If people knew the kinds of things I think about anymore, I'd probably be locked away. No probably about it, I know I would be." Irven Box, an Oklahoma City criminal defense attorney, said he expects Underwood's attorney to argue that their client is insane. "Without a doubt, this case is one where the defense will use all of their resources to show their defendant has some sort of mental disorder," Box said. "If not to prevent the case from going to trial, then at least to keep him from getting the death penalty. Meanwhile, District Attorney Tim Kuykendall, who represents McClain and Cleveland counties, was defeated in July's primary election and will be replaced in January by Greg Mashburn, who currently is an assistant district attorney in Oklahoma County. Mashburn said he plans to meet with Jamie's family and discuss the case in detail with the current prosecution team, but doesn't plan to attend Tuesday's preliminary hearing. "I just don't think it would be appropriate at this time for me to be involved in what's already a media circus," Mashburn said. "I just don't think it's fair for the people involved for me to detract in any way from the important work they have to do."
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