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Cannibal killer pleads not guilty

A MAN accused of beheading and eating a passenger on a Greyhound bus in Canada apologized to police when he was arrested and begged officers to kill him. The details emerged as Vince Li faced his murder trial in Winnipeg.

The Chinese immigrant is being tried on second-degree murder charges for the death of Tim McLean, a 22-year-old carnival worker.

"I'm sorry. I'm guilty. Please kill me," Li said in a statement of facts agreed to by the prosecution and defense.

But Li delivered a not guilty plea to the court on Tuesday in a loud, clear voice.

Li's lawyers are not disputing that he killed McLean, but they argue that Li was mentally ill and not criminally responsible.

A psychiatrist told the court that Li is schizophrenic and believed God told him to do it.

Witnesses said Li attacked McLean unprovoked, stabbing him dozens of times. As horrified passengers fled the bus, Li severed McLean's head and showed it to passengers.

A police report said an officer at the scene saw the attacker hacking off pieces of the body and eating them.


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