Indiana man mutilated girlfriend's body; She posted bond for him in July

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Police in southeastern Indiana say they believe a man charged with murdering his 46-year-old girlfriend ate parts of her body.

33-year-old Joseph Oberhansley was formally charged Monday with murder in the death of Tammy Blanton. He also was charged with abuse of a corpse and breaking and entering. The News and Tribune and The Courier-Journal reported that Joseph Oberhansley told Judge Vicki Carmichael on Monday that his name was Zeus Brown and that "obviously you've got the wrong guy."


Joseph Oberhansley

Public defender Jeffrey Stonebraker was appointed to represent Oberhansley. A message seeking comment was left for Stonebraker on Monday by The Associated Press.

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 bond in July for Oberhansley, now accused in her gruesome killing.

Clark County prosecutor Steve Stewart said Tuesday that Blanton posted the $500 bond on July 31 for her then-boyfriend, Oberhansley.

The Courier-Journal reports Oberhansley was then released from jail on charges of criminal recklessness and resisting arrest stemming from a police chase.

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