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Thursday, September 10, 2020 1:00 am

Local jury seated to hear Jeffersonville murder case

Associated Press

A jury was seated Wednesday in Fort Wayne to hear the case of a southern Indiana man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and eating parts of her body in 2014.

Prosecutors and attorneys for Joseph Oberhansley selected the remaining five jurors and alternates needed for the Jeffersonville man's trial on murder, rape and burglary charges in Tammy Jo Blanton's killing.

Jury selection began Tuesday in Allen County, but the 12 jurors and four alternates will hear the case against Oberhansley, 39, in southern Indiana's Clark County.

The court will now make arrangements for their travel to Clark County for the remainder of the trial, with opening statements scheduled to start Friday morning, the News and Tribune reported.

Prosecutors say Oberhansley broke into Blanton's Jeffersonville home in September 2014, raped her, fatally stabbed the 46-year-old, and ate parts of her body.

Oberhansley was found incompetent for trial in January after evaluations by two psychologists, and transported to Logansport State Hospital in May after a two-month delay due to COVID-19 restrictions. He was found competent in August to stand trial in September.

Oberhansley was set to stand trial in August 2019 with a jury drawn from central Indiana's Hamilton County, but a mistrial was declared during the first day of testimony after a state's witness spoke of things attorneys had agreed would not be mentioned to the jury.


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