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Court documents reveal gruesome details about Jeffersonville murder

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JEFFERSONVILLE, In. (WDRB) -- A Jeffersonville man charged with brutally murdering his girlfriend -- and consuming her body parts -- appeared in court Monday afternoon.

Joseph Oberhansley, 33, was arraigned Sept. 15. During his court appearance, Oberhansley told the court that police have his name wrong, and claimed his real name is "Zeus Brown." 

"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 Clark County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Jeremy Mull. 

Still maintaining that his name is Zeus Brown, Oberhansley pleaded not guilty to murder and mutilating a corpse. The judge ordered Oberhansley held without bond and set a trial date of Feb. 6, 2015.

Oberhansley was taken into custody on Sept. 11 after police found the body of his girlfriend, Tammy Jo Blanton, in her Locust Street home.


Loved ones describe 46-year-old Blanton as a friendly, beautiful woman. Family friend Mike Hughes says she had just packed up Oberhansley's things and told him to get out. The locks had been changed. But Hughes says Oberhansley came back, kicked her back door in and killed her.

Police were asked to check on Blanton by a concerned friend. And that's when officers started piecing the scene together. Clark County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Jeremy Mulls says "police went to the scene, knocked on the door of her home and Mr. Oberhansley answered the door.  Due to his behavior, in his interaction with the police, they did ultimately end up patting him down and finding a knife on his person."

In 1998, Oberhansley served time for killing his girlfriend and shooting his mom. He was also accused of strangling a man earlier this summer.

Police say Blanton suffered from violent trauma.


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