Man accused of eating girlfriend not competent for trial

Attorneys for a southern Indiana man accused of killing his former girlfriend and eating parts of her body in 2014 say he's not competent to stand trial.

The News and Tribune reports ( ) the defense lawyers this week filed a document saying Joseph Oberhansley can't consult with them or understand court proceedings. They say he has "consistently appeared irrational and expressed bizarre thoughts at hearings."

The 35-year-old Jeffersonville man is charged with murder, rape and abuse of a corpse in the September 2014 slaying of 46-year-old Tammy Jo Blanton. He could be sentenced to death if convicted.

Oberhansley has repeatedly denied the allegations.

A March 8 hearing is planned where Oberhansley's lawyers could discuss their concerns. A June trial was earlier scheduled but could be delayed.


Information from: News and Tribune, Jeffersonville, Ind.,