PURCELL, Okla. – A man accused of killing a 10-year-old girl in what investigators describe as a cannibalistic plot will be tried for first-degree murder, a judge ruled Tuesday.
Underwood lived in the same apartment complex as the girl, who was reported missing April 12 after failing to return home from the library. Her body was found nearly decapitated inside a plastic tub in Underwood's bedroom closet, investigators have said.
According to a police affidavit, Underwood 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 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 has granted a request by Underwood's attorney for a gag order that prohibits attorneys and law enforcement from discussing the case publicly.
However, Underwood documented his thoughts and musings for years in an Internet blog.
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."