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Treatment Not Trial For Southern Indiana Cannibal Suspect
Updated October 27, 2017 7:14 AM | Filed under: Crime
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(JEFFERSONVILLE) - 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.

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.

Carmichael ordered the competency evaluations after defence attorneys Brent Westerfeld and Bart Betteau filed a motion in February saying Oberhansley wasn't able to participate in his own defence or fully understand the court proceedings.

'He is suspicious, paranoid, uncommunicative, and agitated,' they wrote, saying there is a 'complete breakdown' in communication between them and Oberhansley.

The evaluation reports by psychologists and psychiatrists have been filed under seal, reported The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Kentucky, which is across the Ohio River from Jeffersonville.

Clark County prosecutor Jeremy Mull said he intends to bring the case to trial eventually.

Previously, he had been classified as having a severe psychological disorder

Oberhansley, who faces murder, rape and abuse of a corpse charges, will undergo "competency restoration" treatments in an effort to try him at a later time.



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