US man charged with killing, partly devouring his victim

WASHINGTON (AFP) - A 37-year old Tennessee man was arrested for decapitating, then partially eating, his female victim, US media reported on Wednesday.

Authorities said Gregory Scott Hale was arrested on Monday and charged with the murder of Lisa Mary Hyder, the local paper Tullahoma News reported.

The paper wrote that Hale allegedly had chopped off the head, hands and feet of Hyder, 36, a divorced mother of two young children, and buried her torso in the yard outside his home in the small Tennessee town of Summitville.

News reports said the victim and her alleged killer were acquaintances.

After being arrested on Monday, Hale reportedly confessed to the grisly murder and admitted having eaten part of Hyder's corpse, according to news reports, which said he is being held in jail on a US$1.5 million (S$1.9 million) bond.