JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana man who’s accused of killing and eating parts of his ex-girlfriend is now facing a rape charge in the attack.
The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Kentucky, reports a Clark County, Indiana judge approved adding the rape charge Monday for 34-year-old Joseph Oberhansley. He had already been charged with murder and abuse of a corpse in the death of 46-year-old Tammy Jo Blanton in September.
According to court documents, Oberhansley told police he broke into Blanton’s home and killed and mutilated her, then ate her heart and parts of her brain and lung.
The newspaper reports Oberhansley said aloud in court Monday that “there’s a lot of lies and deception going on here.”
Clark County, indiana Prosecutor Jeremy Mull had asked last month for the rape charge to be added. In Indiana, aggravated circumstances needed for a jury to consider the death penalty include rape, burglary and dismemberment.