On Sept. 11, 2014, the mutilated body of Tammy Jo Blanton, 46, was found in the bathtub of her home
A new trial for the Indiana man accused of raping and killing his ex-girlfriend — and then eating her organs — is underway after his first trial was declared a mistrial in 2019.
On Sept. 11, 2014, the bloody, mutilated body of Tammy Jo Blanton, 46, was found in the bathtub of her Jeffersonville home, where she’d been raped and stabbed at least 25 times, police said at the time.
Blanton had just broken up with her boyfriend, Joseph Oberhansley, 38.
Oberhansley was arrested that morning and charged with murder, burglary and rape.
He allegedly confessed to consuming parts of Blanton’s heart, lungs and brain, Clark County Prosecuting Attorney Jeremy Mull previously told PEOPLE.
In 2017, Oberhansley was deemed incompetent to stand trial, a decision that was reversed in 2018.
When Oberhansley’s first trial began in 2019, a statement by a witness for the prosecution led the judge to declare a mistrial.
The witness, Blanton’s friend Donna Victoria, testified that Blanton didn’t call police after an incident between her and Oberhansley because she “didn’t want him to go back to prison,” the Courier Journal reported at the time.