Indiana man accused of murder, the eating of dead ex-girlfriend deemed competent for trial

A psychiatrist said that Joseph Oberhansley, who is accused of raping, killing his ex-girlfriend and then eating parts of her body, is mentally competent for trial.


An Indiana man accused of raping, killing and eating parts of his ex-girlfriend’s dead body is now mentally competent to stand trial, a state psychiatrist said Thursday.

Joseph Oberhansley, 35, of Jeffersonville, is committed to the Logansport Hospital since October, when a judge ruled that he is not competent to stand trial for the 2014 killing of girlfriend Tammy Jo Blanton.

The plaintiffs claim Oberhansley broke into the Jeffersonville home of Blanton in September 2014, and that he raped her, fatal to her and ate parts of her body.

“This case is already four years now, and it is high time that the victim’s family saw justice done,” Clark County prosecutor Jeremy Mull told the Courier Journal after the hearing.

Oberhansley, shown is supervised by the Clark County Courthouse in 2015, previous outbursts in court and said that his name was Zeus.


The letter from the psychiatrist filed in Clark County Circuit Court noted that Oberhansley’s competence is restored because he is there in October last year to undergo competency restoration. In some of his early court appearances after his arrest, Obserhansley had outbursts in the court and said that his name was Zeus, WAVE3 reported.


Oberhansley, the attorneys asked the court Thursday a month to talk to him and form an opinion about his competence. During the hearing, Oberhansley spoke, told the judge that he needs to fire his lawyers, according to the Courier Journal.

“They try to control my thoughts,” he said in court. “They try to control my mind.”

Judge Vicki Carmichael told him that he had to work with his lawyers, and another scheduled hearing on Sept. 21 to discuss the issue.

Prosecutors have previously said that they will seek the death penalty for Blanton’s death. Before his arrest in 2015, Oberhansley was free on parole for a previous killing when he was a teenager, according to WAVE3.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @travfed

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