(JEFFERSONVILLE) – Jury selection came to a halt Wednesday in the case of a Jeffersonville man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and eating her organs.
Joseph Oberhansley is charged with the murder of 46-year-old Tammy Blanton.
Oberhansley is accused of killing Blanton in 2014 at her home in Jeffersonville. Blanton had broken up with Oberhansley and moved out of the home days before.
Jury selection, which was moved out of Clark County into Hamilton County, began mid-August for his first trial.
But a mistrial was quickly declared when a friend of the victim’s “slipped up” and referred to Oberhansley’s past drug use and prison time —information prosecutors and the defense agreed not to share during the trial.
Jury selection for trial number two began Wednesday, but at some point, the selection process was stopped.
Clark County Prosecutor Jeremy Mull confirmed that Judge Vicki Carmichael ordered jury selection be held in a different county, and the trial will begin next year.