Ohio killer who ate part of roommate’s brain up for parole

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David Allen Chapin. Courtesy Ohio Department of Corrections.

MILFORD, Ohio — An Ohio man who nearly 40 years ago killed his roommate and ate part of his brain is under review for parole.

Sixty-year-old David Allen Chapin is serving life at a prison in Lima for shooting his longtime friend Donald Liming in the eye in October 1978, in a dispute over religion. The two 23-year-olds were sharing an apartment in Milford, in southwest Ohio.

The Ohio Parole Board held a closed hearing Feb. 1, but a prisons department spokeswoman told The Cincinnati Enquirer members couldn’t reach a majority decision. That triggered a central office review that could take several weeks. Chapin has been denied parole at least four previous times.

Chapin told a court-ordered psychiatrist he ate Liming’s brain as part of a “mutual agreement” between the friends.