JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Attorneys for a southern Indiana man accused of killing his former girlfriend and eating parts of her body in 2014 say he’s not competent to stand trial.
The News and Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/2meTk4u ) the defense lawyers this week filed a document saying Joseph Oberhansley can’t consult with them or understand court proceedings. They say he has “consistently appeared irrational and expressed bizarre thoughts at hearings.”
The 35-year-old Jeffersonville man is charged with murder, rape and abuse of a corpse in the September 2014 slaying of 46-year-old Tammy Jo Blanton. He could be sentenced to death if convicted.
Oberhansley has repeatedly denied the allegations.
A March 8 hearing is planned where Oberhansley’s lawyers could discuss their concerns. A June trial was earlier scheduled but could be delayed.
Information from: News and Tribune, Jeffersonville, Ind., http://www.newsandtribune.com
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