New trial begins for Indiana man accused of killing and eating ex-girlfriend

A new trial is now underway for an Indiana man accused of raping and butchering his ex-girlfriend before eating parts of her body - as jurors have already been warned they will be shown crime scene photos worse than any horror film. 

Joseph Oberhansley's murder trial started in Clark County in southern Indiana on Friday. 

The 36-year-old is charged with murder, rape, abuse of a corpse and burglary in the 2014 death of his 46-year-old ex-girlfriend Tammy Jo Blanton. 

Oberhansley's first trial ended abruptly late last year when the judge declared a mistrial after a prosecution witness brought up his past drug use and prison time while testifying in front of jurors.

Jurors in the second trial have been selected from Allen County in the state's north-east because of the intense media coverage the case has received in southern Indiana.  

Joseph Oberhansley's murder trial started in Clark County in southern Indiana on Friday. The 36-year-old is charged with murder, rape, abuse of a corpse and burglary in the 2014 death of his 46-year-old ex-girlfriend Tammy Jo Blanton

Joseph Oberhansley's murder trial started in Clark County in southern Indiana on Friday. The 36-year-old is charged with murder, rape, abuse of a corpse and burglary in the 2014 death of his 46-year-old ex-girlfriend Tammy Jo Blanton

As his second trial got underway, Clark County Prosecutor Jeremy Mull told jurors in his opening remarks that they would see photos of the 2014 crime scene that are 'worse than anything you would see in a horror movie'.

He said the victim 'met a fate that's very difficult to describe' at the hands of Oberhansley.

Defense attorney Bart Betteau asked jurors to be wary of 'emotional evidence' that wasn't relevant to the facts in the killing. 

Oberhansley is accused of breaking into Blanton's home on September 11, 2014 and then raping and fatally stabbing her. 

He then allegedly ate parts of her body, including her brain.  

Blanton's body was found by police in her bathtub with parts of her skull removed.

Officers also found a 'plate with what appeared to be skull bone and blood' on it. A skillet, a pair of tongs with blood on the handles and tissue were in the rubbish bin.

An autopsy revealed Blanton died from multiple stab wounds and that parts of her heart, lungs and brain were missing.   

Joseph Oberhansley is accused of breaking into Tammy Jo Blanton's home before raping and fatally stabbing her. He then allegedly ate parts of her body, including her brain

Joseph Oberhansley is accused of breaking into Tammy Jo Blanton's home before raping and fatally stabbing her. He then allegedly ate parts of her body, including her brain

Blanton's body was found by police in her bathtub with parts of her skull removed

Oberhansley is charged with murder, rape, abuse of a corpse and burglary in her death

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