Joseph Oberhansley found guilty of murder of Tammy Jo Blanton

She was found dead in her bathtub in Sept. 2014 after officers arrested Oberhansley outside of her home.
Published: Sep. 19, 2020 at 12:28 AM EDT
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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - Joseph Oberhansley has been found guilty by a jury of the 2014 murder of his ex-girlfriend Tammy Jo Blanton in Jeffersonville, Ind.

The 36-year-old is accused of killing and eating parts of Blanton’s body in September 2014.

Friday, after nearly six hours of deliberation, jurors found Oberhansley guilty of murder and burglary. He was found not guilty of rape.

On Sept.11, 2014, police officers responded to a domestic disturbance around 3 a.m. at Blanton’s home in 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.

When officers arrived at Blanton’s home later that day to issue a welfare check, they testified to finding Oberhansley outside looking “nervous.” They said he was non-compliant to a pat-down and was arrested. A bloody knife was found in his pocket.

Another officer went inside Blanton’s home during the arrest. She testified to finding the back door damaged as if someone forced their way in. Inside, she told the jury she found blood throughout the house, a tarp with tools on the ground, and Blanton’s body in the bathtub.

“There was blood everywhere,” she said.

A crime lab analyst who studied samples from Oberhansley, Blanton’s body, and the scene of the crime also testified to finding Blanton’s blood on a jigsaw, frying pan, pair of tongs, fingernail clippers, and a knife.

When detectives initially pressed Oberhansley about what they found at Blanton’s home, he said two other men must have broken into the house and killed her. He denied having contact with his ex-girlfriend that day.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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