Indiana adds rape to murder and cannibalism charges

05/06/2015 17:03

This photo provided May 5, 2015 by the Clark County, Indiana., Sheriff's Office shows Joseph Oberhansley, 37. A judge on Monday, May 4, 2015 added the charge of rape for the Indiana man who is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and eating some of her internal organs.

A southern Indiana man who is facing a possible death penalty on charges that he killed his ex-girlfriend and ate part of her body has now been charged with raping her, the Louisville Courier-Journal newspaper reported.

Joseph Oberhansley, 34, was charged last September in Clark County, Indiana, with breaking into the Jeffersonville home of his ex-girlfriend, Tammy Jo Blanton, murdering her and abusing her corpse by eating parts of it.

Jeffersonville is across the Ohio River from Louisville, Kentucky.

During a hearing on Monday, Judge Vicki Carmichael granted Clark County Prosecutor Jeremy Mull's motion to add rape as an aggravating charge for jurors to consider if he is convicted of capital murder, the newspaper reported.

Carmichael also set Oberhansley's trial for Aug. 2, 2016, in Clark County Circuit Court, the newspaper reported. BI

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