Indiana man accused of cannibalism could also face rape charge in ex-girlfriend's death

Joseph Oberhansley
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A prosecutor is seeking to file additional charges against a southern Indiana man who allegedly confessed to fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend and mutilating her body.

The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Kentucky, reports that a May 4 hearing has been scheduled on Clark County Prosecutor Jeremy Mull's request to amend the charges that 34-year-old Joseph Oberhansley faces to include rape.

Mull wants to add the rape charges as aggravated circumstances for jurors to consider in a capital punishment phase if they convict Oberhansley of murdering 46-year-old Tammy Jo Blanton.

Rape, burglary and dismemberment are among the aggravated circumstances required for jurors to consider the death penalty.

Court documents say Oberhansley told Jeffersonville police that he broke into Blanton's home last September, killed her with a knife and ate some of her organs. According to a probable cause affidavit, Oberhansley told police he ate a portion of her brain, her heart and part of a lung.

Blanton posted a $500 bond in July 2014 for Oberhansley, her then-boyfriend. He had been arrested on charges of criminal recklessness and resisting arrest stemming from a police chase.

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