MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING AND EATING GIRLFRIEND DEEMED INCOMPETENT TO STAND TRIAL

An Indiana man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and eating parts of her body isn’t mentally competent to stand trial, a judge ruled on Wednesday.

 

 

The Washington Post (@wapo) reports Clark County Circuit Court judge Vicki Carmichael deemed 36-year old Joseph Oberhansley incompetent after hearing testimony from three doctors who evaluated him. Prosecutors allege that Oberhansley broke into the Jeffersonville home of his 46-year old ex-girlfriend, Tammy Jo Blanton, in September 2014, and that he raped her, stabbed her to death, and ate parts of her body.

 

In a psychiatrist report, a psychiatrist wrote “He is suspicious, paranoid, uncommunicative, and agitated.” They added that there is a complete breakdown in communication between them and Oberhansley. Clark County Prosecutor Jeremy Mull said he intends to bring the case to trial eventually. Oberhansley will undergo “competency restoration” treatments in an effort to try him at a later time.

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