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A southern Indiana man Joseph Oberhansley accused of killing his ex-girlfriend Tammy Jo Blanton and eating parts of her body was convicted of murder on Friday.

Death of Tammy Jo Blanton

Jurors deliberated for about five hours before announcing the guilty verdict against Jefferson Oberhansley of Jeffersonville in the death of Tammy Jo Blanton.

Tammy Jo Blanton

The body of the 46-year-old victim was found at his home on the morning of September 11, 2014, severely mutilated with more than 25 sharp wounds and several bruises, officials said.

The jury found Oberhansley guilty of murder and theft, but returned an innocent verdict on the rape charges against him.

Clark County District Attorney Jeremy Mull

Clark County District Attorney Jeremy Mull in his closing statement on Thursday challenged Oberhansley’s testimony as the only defense witness that he suffered from head injuries when forced to confess afterwards almost three hours of questioning by the police. after the discovery of Blanton’s body.

Oberhansley said “two black men” were at his home when he arrived around 4 a.m. that day and said they were responsible for killing Blanton and knocking him out.

He woke up when the police knocked on the door looking for the victim.

Mull asked the jury to consider why the men could have killed Blanton violently, but left Oberhansley unconscious without further injury.

“We all know they didn’t do that,” Mull said.

“We all know Joseph Oberhansley killed Tammy Blanton.”

Defense attorney Bart Betteau

Defense attorney Bart Betteau argued that Oberhansley’s account was reasonable and that the prosecutor did not provide evidence to prove that Oberhansley committed the crime.

“You have to be aware that there is a thought out there that you shouldn’t be deliberating on this matter (or) taking everything I say seriously,” he said.

“You might think that’s what people want you to do.

“But you don’t have that luxury. You have taken the oath, ”Betteau said.

Oberhansley faces a life sentence without parole.

Prosecutors gave up trying to apply the death penalty last year.

Jurors were from Allen County in northeast Indiana due to the intense media coverage the case received in the downstate.