David Allen Chapin, who shot and killed his friend Donald Liming in 1978, has been denied release before

By Tim Nudd
Updated March 02, 2016 09:25 AM
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Credit: Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

An Ohio man imprisoned since 1978 for killing his roommate and eating part of his brain is up for parole, which he has been denied a number of times.

The Ohio Parole Board held a hearing on David Allen Chapin’s case last month, which was closed to the public, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer. The board could not reach a majority decision, and so the case was moved to the Central Office Board Review for consideration, the paper said.

Chapin, 60, is serving a life sentence at the Allen Correction Institution in Lima, Ohio, and has been denied parole at least four times, a spokeswoman at the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction told the Enquirer.

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Chapin was convicted of shooting his childhood friend Donald Liming to death on Oct. 3, 1978, when they were both 23. He pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity but was found competent to stand trial and was sentenced to life in prison upon his conviction.

Chapin told a psychiatrist during the trial that he ate Liming’s brain as part of a “mutual agreement” between the roommates – some kind of death pact – the Enquirer reported.

“Obviously, we strongly oppose parole on him and always have,” Clermont County prosecutor Vincent Faris told the paper.