JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (September 16, 2014) – A southern Indiana man is charged with brutally murdering his ex-girlfriend and eating parts of her body.
According to WDRB, 33-year-old Joseph Oberhansley was arraigned Monday.
And at his appearance, he told police they had the wrong man, and his real name was Zeus Brown.
The accused killer also interrupted the judge several times during his first court appearance.
Clark County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Jeremy Mull doesn’t buy his outbursts.
“I think there’s a motive and a reason for what you saw in the courtroom today I don’t believe that he really believes he’s Zeus Brown,” said Mull.
Still maintaining that his name is Zeus Brown, Oberhansley pleaded not guilty to murder and mutilating a corpse.
WDRB reports that the judge ordered Oberhansley be held without bond, and the judge set a trial date of Feb. 6, 2015.
The whole ordeal involving Oberhansley and his ex-girlfriend Tammy Jo Blanton, 46, began last Thursday.
Court documents show Blanton called Jeffersonville police at 2:52 a.m. on the morning of Sept. 11.
Officers showed up and made Oberhansley leave.
“A dispute between two people doesn’t constitute as a crime. At that time she requested he be asked to leave, she didn’t wish for anything further.”
Police say Oberhansley then went to his mother’s house. He was upset over his relationship with Blanton, and complained that she changed the locks.
Later that morning a co-worker called police saying Blanton did not show up to work. Officers went back to her house at 10:04 a.m, and they found Oberhansley inside.
What they encountered inside is something they’ll never forget.
“After being a prosecutor for so long you think you’ve seen everything and this is one of those cases where I’ve never seen this,” said Mull.
Police asked Oberhansley to step out of the home.
They say they found a folding knife in his back pocket with blood and hair on it.
Blanton’s body was later discovered inside the bathtub, covered by a tent.
Court papers say Oberhansley confessed to breaking in Blanton’s back door and the bathroom where she had locked herself inside. They also show he admitted to eating parts of her body that were found missing by police.
“Particularly in a case like this where there’s such extraordinary allegations of cannibalism it’s gotta make people in our community scratch their heads.”
According to WDRB, Clark County Coroner Terry Conway released the preliminary findings of the autopsy report for Blanton.
The cause of death states Tammy Jo Blanton died as a result of multiple sharp force injuries to the head, neck, and torso.
And this isn’t Oberhansley’s first crime. In 1998, when Oberhansley was 17 years old, he served time for killing his girlfriend and shooting his mom. He was released two years ago for those crimes.
He was also accused of strangling a man earlier this summer.