Indiana Man Accused Of Rape, Murder, And Cannibalism Of Ex-Girlfriend Deemed Incompetent For Trial

Patricia Ramirez

Joseph Oberhansley, a 36-year-old Indiana man, has been deemed incompetent to stand trial for the alleged rape, murder, and cannibalism of his ex-girlfriend. According to prosecutors, Oberhansley forcibly broke into the residence of his ex-girlfriend, 46-year-old Tammy Jo Blanton, back in September of 2014. Once inside, investigators claim that the Indiana man sexually assaulted her, stabbed her to death, and ate parts of her brain, lungs, and heart.

As Daily Mail reports, Clark County Circuit Court Judge Vicki Carmichael listened to the sworn testimony of three doctors who individually evaluated Oberhansley on Wednesday before ruling that the Indiana murder suspect is legally incompetent. The evaluation of the defendant's mental state was ordered after a February motion filed by Oberhansley's defense lawyers. At the time, the attorneys claimed that the Indiana man was incapable of understanding what was happening in court and that he lacked the mental facilities to help with his own defense. According to his own attorneys, their legal communication with the Indiana murder suspect had suffered a "complete breakdown."

"He is suspicious, paranoid, uncommunicative, and agitated."

"Seeing what the family goes through, the family of the victim, I know the delays in the case are very hard for them to accept and that's understandable."

"They say the death penalty should be reserved for the worst of the worst and I can tell you that in my career as a prosecutor, this is one of those worst of the worst cases."