JEFFERSONVILLE, Indiana — A bloodthirsty cannibal who allegedly raped and killed his ex-girlfriend and then ate her remains, has been deemed mentally fit to stand trial.
Joseph Oberhansley has been in an Indiana state mental hospital since he was arrested in 2014 for the grisly slaying of his ex, Tammy Jo Blanton. Last week, a state psychiatrist testified that Oberhansley was ready to go to trial.
The evaluation can still be challenged by Oberhansley’s attorneys, which would trigger a judicial hearing to determine his competency.
“This matter has been going on for four years now, and it’s high time that the victim’s family saw justice done,” Clark County Prosecuting Attorney Jeremy Mull told the Louisville Courier-Journal.
Oberhansley was last deemed incompetent by a judge to stand trial in October 2017.
Oberhansley, who has a previous conviction for manslaughter in Utah, was arrested in 2014 after police came to Blanton’s house looking for her because she hadn’t shown up for work and found him in her home. When the located her bloody body under a tarpaulin, investigators later determined parts of her heart, lung and brain were missing.
Oberhansley later admitted having eaten the missing organs, both cooked and raw.
Through various interrogations, Oberhansley has given rambling and sometimes incoherent responses. At a competency hearing last week, Oberhansley said he wanted to fire his lawyers because they were trying to control his thoughts.