An Indiana man faces an additional rape charge after he allegedly stabbed his girlfriend to death before opening her head and body with a saw to eat her organs.
At the hearing on May 4 in Jefferson County, Indiana, Judge Vicki Carmichael granted prosecutor Jeremy Mull the motion for rape to be added to the charges against 34-year-old Joseph Oberhansley, who confessed last year to the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Tammy Jo Blanton.
According to a police affidavit, Oberhansley broke into Blanton’s home last September, killed her with a knife and then used an electric jigsaw to open her skull and eat her brain, heart and lung.
However, in subsequent court appearances, he went on to say that he was innocent and has maintained that to this day, reports WLKY.
Prosecutors must prove one aggravating circumstance, like dismemberment, burglary or rape, for Oberhansley to qualify for the death penalty if he is convicted of murder. His trial is set for August 2016.
Since his arrest, Oberhansley has been in a maximum security cell in 23-hour-a-day solitary confinement, The Courier-Journal reported.
Carmichael denied the defense motion to move Oberhansley into general population, but she did order Clark County Sheriff’s Office to review his placement within its secure locations.
The Daily Mirror reports that Oberhansley told a court he was “too handsome” to have committed the rape. He also became angry with the extra charge, saying, “I’ve never seen such bulls**t. Excuse my language. They keep falsifying s**t.”
In 1998, he was convicted of killing his 17-year-old ex-girlfriend in Utah, before shooting himself and his mother. He spent 14 years in prison for that case and was released in 2012.
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