Jeffersonville (US), Sep. 19: A Southern Indiana man Joseph Oberhansley has been accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and eating parts of her body. He was convicted of a murder charge. The jury convicted Joseph Oberhansley of murder and burglary, but reached a not guilty verdict on rape charges against him.
The 46-year-old Tammy Jo Blaton’s body was found in the bathtub of her home in Jeffersonville, the morning of September 11, 2014, badly mutilated with more than 25 sharp force injuries and multiple blunt force injuries, authorities have said. An eye-witness said then, she found a trail of blood throughout the house, tools on top of a tarp – and Blanton’s mangled body in the bathroom. A police officer said at that time A second officer testified that part of her skull was missing.
Joseph allegedly confessed to consuming parts of Blanton’s heart, lungs and brain, Clark County Prosecuting Attorney Jeremy Mull said. In 2017, Oberhansley was deemed incompetent to stand trial, a decision that was reversed in 2018. When Oberhansley’s first trial began in 2019, a statement by a witness for the prosecution led the judge to declare a mistrial.
The witness, Blanton’s friend Donna Victoria, testified that Blanton didn’t call police after an incident between her and Oberhansley because she “didn’t want him to go back to prison.” This was ruled inadmissible by Clark County Circuit Judge Vicki Carmichael. Defense attorney Bart Betteau said the comments would prejudice jurors against his client.