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The judge presiding over the trial of an Indiana man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and eating her body parts, has been declared a mistrial on Thursday.
Defense lawyers for Joseph Oberhansley, age 38, made the request after a prosecution witness mentioned Oberhansley’s criminal history and past drug use. Clark County Circuit Judge Vicki Carmichael said the testimony could have prejudiced the jury.
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Prosecutors say Oberhansley was raped his ex-girlfriend, 46-year-old Tammy Jo Blanton, and stabbed her to death after he broke into her Jeffersonville home in September 2014. They also say he ate parts of her body after the murder.
The jury had been selected in Hamilton County, about 120 miles north of Jeffersonville, which is a suburb of the city of Louisville, Ky.
A mistrial was declared in the case of an accused cannibal Joseph Oberhansley. (Clark County Sheriff’s Office via AP, File
The witness, Donna Victoria, a close friend of Blanton’s, told the standard that Blanton does not have to call the police after an incident between the couple, because they don’t want him to have to go back to prison,” the Louisville Courier-Journal reported.
She also mentioned a conversation she had with Blanton on Oberhansley’s drug use.
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“It got him into big trouble,” Court, Carmichael has said. “A simple reminder to ignore the [notes] would be insufficient, and it is certainly not clear, the prejudices created by the witness’s testimony.”
A new trial date has been set for Sept. 3. A new jury will have to be selected.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.