Joseph Oberhansley from Indiana accused of raping, killing and eating parts of his ex-girlfriend’s dead body may now face trial. A state psychiatrist has declared that he is now mentally competent to stand trial and ready to disclose to the court all he knows about the incident.
According to Fox News, the 35 year old suspect of Jeffersonville,U.S, had since October 2017 been sent to Logansport State Hospital after a judge declared that he wasn’t competent to face trial for the 2014 killing of girlfriend Tammy Jo Blanton.
He was alleged to have raped Blanton, fatally stab her and also ate some parts of her body after breaking into her Jeffersonville home in September 2014.
“This matter has been going on for four years now, and it’s high time that the victim’s family saw justice done,” Clark County Prosecuting Attorney Jeremy Mull told the Courier Journal after the hearing.
The psychiatrist in a letter filed with Clark County Circuit Court declared that his competency has been restored during his time at the hospital since October last year when he was sent for treatment.
Obserhansley had showed signs of mental instability during some of his early court appearances after his arrest. He had during outbursts in court declared his name to be Zeus.
His lawyers have requested a month to talk with him in order to form an opinion on his competency.
Oberhansley, during the hearing told the judge that he wanted to fire his attorneys, according to the courier Journal.
“They’re trying to control my thoughts,” he said in court; they’re trying to control my mind.”
The Judge, Vicki Carmichael scheduled the next hearing for Sept 21 to discuss the matter and also informed him of the need to work with his attorneys.
The Prosecutors had earlier disclosed their intention to seek the death penalty for Blanton’s killing.
Oberhansley is an ex-convict who was previously convicted for a killing when he was a teenager. He was free on parole before his arrest for Blanton’s killing in 2015.