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Indiana man accused of killing, eating parts of his ex-girlfriend ruled competent to stand trial

August 13, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Indiana man accused of killing, eating parts of his ex-girlfriend ruled competent to stand trial

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An Indiana court has cited a letter from a psychiatrist to rule Joseph Oberhansley competent to stand trial for raping, killing and eating parts of his ex-girlfriend’s dead body.

According to the Courier-Journal, 35-year-old Joseph Oberhansley, of Jeffersonville has been committed at the Logansport State Hospital since October, when a judge ruled that he wasn’t competent to stand trial for the 2014 killing of girlfriend Tammy Jo Blanton.

Prosecutors allege Oberhansley broke into the Jeffersonville home of Blanton in September 2014, and raped her, before fatally stabbing her and eating parts of her body.

“This matter has been going on for four years now, and it’s high time that the victim’s family saw justice done,” Clark County Prosecuting Attorney Jeremy Mull told the after the hearing.

A letter from a psychiatrist filed with Clark County Circuit Court confirmed that Oberhansley’s competency has been recovered since he was committed there last October to undergo competency restoration.

In previous court appearances following his arrest, Obserhansley had outbursts in court and claimed his name was Zeus, WAVE3 reported.

Attorneys for Oberhansley requested in court Thursday to have a month to talk with him and form an opinion on his competency. During the hearing, Oberhansley spoke up, telling the judge he needed to fire his attorneys.

“They’re trying to control my thoughts,” he said in court. “They’re trying to control my mind.”

Judge Vicki Carmichael informed Oberhansley that he needed to work with his attorneys.

Another hearing has been scheduled for Sept. 21 to discuss the resolution.

Prosecutors have stated that they intend to seek the death penalty for Blanton’s killing.

Att he time of the gruesome killing, Oberhansley was free on parole for a previous killing when he was a teenager.

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