Joseph Oberhansley pleads his innocence to Clark County jury

Joseph Oberhansley pleads his innocence to Clark County jury
Joseph Oberhansley being lead to court on Aug. 22, 2019 for the first full day of testimony in his murder trial. (Source: Michael Flynn, WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - Accused Indiana cannibal Joseph Oberhansley took the stand during the fifth day of his own murder trial in Clark County.

The 36-year-old is charged with burglary, rape, and murder in the death of his ex-girlfriend, Tammy Jo Blanton, in September 2014.

Throughout his years of hearings and court appearances, Oberhansley has made vague claims that two men broke into Blanton’s home and killed her. He continued to make that argument to the jury Thursday.

Around 3 a.m. on September 11, 2014, police officers responded to a domestic disturbance at Blanton’s home in downtown Jeffersonville. Blanton told the officer she changed the locks and wanted her ex-boyfriend to leave the property. The officers later testified to watching Oberhansley leave. Thursday, he admitted to going back to Blanton’s home.

Oberhansley claims he saw two men in Blanton’s house stab her. He said he lunged at them and was knocked unconscious. He came to when officers arrived at the home around 10 a.m.

“I am not guilty of any of these crimes,” Oberhansley said to the jury. “I was talking out of my head.”

The accused killer claims he was coerced into a confession during the police interrogation. Oberhansley also admitted to eating parts of Blanton’s body. He blamed his foggy memory on a previous head injury combined with pressure from detectives.

Clark County Prosecutor Jeremy Mull continued to press Oberhansley about the facts of his story and how they did not align with evidence collected at the scene. Oberhansley would blame any loose ends on a previous injury or confusion.

The trial will continue Friday morning.

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