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Exhibit A in a defense bid to cast a man prosecutors say is a cold-blooded killer as, instead, a psychotic unaware of his actions - the bite-marked chunk of flesh he left behind.
Defense attorney Phil Lomonaco told jurors in Knox County Criminal Court Monday that Herbert Mike Merritt did not set out to kill Anthony Laymon "Tony" Ford, 45, inside the Friends Sports Bar & Grill in Halls in June 2008.
"He went to that bar in a psychotic state," Lomonaco said. "He reached down and pulled out what he thought was (Ford's) heart and ate some of it. You'll see a picture of (the flesh) on