An Indiana man who allegedly stabbed his estranged girlfriend to death and devoured parts of her body was found mentally incompetent to stand trial.
On Wednesday, a Clark County judge found Joseph Oberhansley, 36, unfit to face murder, burglary, and rape charges in the September 2014 slaying of Tammy Jo Blanton, 46. WDRB reported that Oberhansley is accused of fatally stabbing Blanton in her Jacksonville home before dismembering her and consuming pieces of her corpse.
Officers claimed that Oberhansley admitted to eating parts of Blanton’s brain, heart, and lungs after she died, WAVE reported.
According to the News and Tribune, Wednesday’s ruling comes after two psychologists and a psychiatrist testified that Oberhansley isn’t fit to be tried at this time. Instead, Clark County Prosecutor Jeremy Mull said he will be committed to a state hospital where he’ll undergo a “competency restoration” program. Mull said the process can last anywhere from 90 days to an indefinite amount of time.
“I’m embarrassed and outraged by these false charges against me,” Oberhansley told reporters outside the courtroom on Wednesday.
“I’m innocent and should be released today.”
Alarmingly, this isn’t the first time Oberhansley has faced murder charges. At the time of Blanton’s murder, WDRB noted that he was free on parole for a fatally shooting another girlfriend and shooting his mother when he was 17.
Additionally, police claimed he strangled a man and led officers on a chase a few weeks before his ex-girlfriend’s brutal slaying. Mull explained in 2014 that an error caused his bond to be lowered from $25,000 to $5,000, allowing for his release.
Despite Wednesday’s outcome, Mull said he’s not yet willing to let Oberhansley off scot-free.
“On a death penalty case it’s a long road to get from the point of charging to the point of hopeful conviction,” he said.
“So when I filed this I understood it was going to be a long process so this is just the latest hurdle that we have to get over.”
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