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Accused cannibal's trial date set

Joseph Oberhansley (Source: LMDC) Joseph Oberhansley (Source: LMDC)
Oberhansley and Tammy Jo Blanton (Source: Family photo) Oberhansley and Tammy Jo Blanton (Source: Family photo)

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - An August 2, 2016 trial date has been set for a southern Indiana man accused of raping his girlfriend, killing her and then consuming parts of her body.

Joseph Oberhansley, 34, told police he fatally stabbed Tammy Jo Blanton in September 2014 before mutilating her body and eating some of her organs.

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In court on Monday, prosecutors and defense attorneys discussed moving Oberhansley back into the general population at the Clark County Jail.

Oberhansley faces the possibility of the death penalty.

In addition to murder and burglary, Oberhansley was charged in April with rape. Judge Vicki Carmichael granted the prosecution's motion to add rape as an aggravating charge for jurors to consider in a capital punishment phase if Oberhansley is found guilty.

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