Indiana man accused of murdering, eating dead ex-girlfriend deemed competent for trial
An Indiana guy accused of raping, killing and consuming portions of his ex-girlfriend’s useless frame is now mentally competent to face trial, a state psychiatrist mentioned Thursday.
Joseph Oberhansley, 35, of Jeffersonville has been dedicated on the Logansport State Clinic since October, when a pass judgement on dominated that he wasn’t competent to face trial for the 2014 killing of lady friend Tammy Jo Blanton.
Prosecutors allege Oberhansley broke into the Jeffersonville house of Blanton in September 2014, and that he raped her, fatally stabbed her and ate portions of her frame.
“This topic has been occurring for 4 years now, and it is top time that the sufferer’s circle of relatives noticed justice performed,” Clark County Prosecuting Lawyer Jeremy Mull told the Courier Journal after the listening to.
The letter from the psychiatrist filed with Clark County Circuit Court docket famous that Oberhansley’s competency has been restored since he was once dedicated there closing October to go through competency recovery. In a few of his early court docket appearances after his arrest, Obserhansley had outbursts in court docket and mentioned his title was once Zeus, WAVE3 reported.
Oberhansley’s legal professionals asked in court docket Thursday to have a month to speak with him and shape an opinion on his competency. All the way through the listening to, Oberhansley spoke up, telling the pass judgement on he had to fireplace his legal professionals, according to the Courier Journal.
“They are looking to keep watch over my ideas,” he mentioned in court docket. “They are looking to keep watch over my thoughts.”
Pass judgement on Vicki Carmichael advised him he had to paintings along with his legal professionals, and scheduled some other listening to on Sept. 21 to speak about the topic.
Prosecutors have prior to now mentioned they’ll search the demise penalty for Blanton’s killing. Ahead of his arrest in 2015, Oberhansley was once unfastened on parole for a prior killing when he was once a youngster, consistent with WAVE3.
The Related Press contributed to this record.