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Loved ones remember Jeffersonville woman and reveal graphic details of her murder

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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) - Days after a Jeffersonville woman is found murdered inside her home, we're hearing from friends of the family about what happened.

Mike Hughes has watched Tammy Jo Blanton grow up. He's friends with her father.

“She was friendly, a beautiful young woman," said Hughes.

This week Darryl's daughter became Jeffersonville's latest murder victim. Hughes immediately called her father when he learned of the news.

“Both of us just broke down," said Hughes.

Police charged Blanton's boyfriend, Joseph Oberhansley, with her murder. Her body was discovered Thursday in her Locus street home.

“Her and this guy had been into it Wednesday night and she called her dad and he went over there and changed the lock on the doors," said Hughes.

Hughes said Blanton packed up Oberhansley's things and put him out.

“That guy came back either late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning and kicked the back door in and she run and tried to get away from him and get in the bathroom and he kicked that door in too and that's where police found her," said Hughes.

Hughes said the coroner pulled Darryl and the rest of Blanton's family together and shared the troubling manner in which she died.

Darryl Harbin, Blanton's father, told WDRB News he's still too shaken for an interview, though he is sharing the information through Hughes, his dear friend.

“He cut her throat, stabbed her 12 or 14 times in the chest, three times in the forehead and cut her heart out,” explained Hughes.

Oberhansley was paroled in 2012 for killing a different girlfriend and shooting his mother.

He was 17 at the time of the crime living in Utah. The now 33-year-old has developed a lengthy criminal record in Southern Indiana. Earlier this summer police say he strangled a man and led officers on a chase in Jeffersonville.

Clark County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Jeremy Mull said Oberhansley should have been in jail but a mistake between the court and the prosecutor's office allowed his bond to be reduced from $25,000 to $5,000.

“Tammy's the one that went down there and bailed him out and she just probably didn't know she was signing her own death warrant at the time," said Hughes.

Oberhansley is due in court Monday. Mull said he may face more than murder charges for the mutilation of Blanton's body.

“I've handled a lot of murder cases and this one was disturbing," said Mull.

“I want the man (Oberhansley) put to sleep. I don't care how they do it…If they ain't got nobody to give him the shot or pull the switch. I'll go up there and do it for them," said Hughes.

Hughes said Tammy Jo Blanton's family has not yet set her funeral arrangements.

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