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Man accused of eating parts of dead ex-girlfriend to plead insanity

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Attorneys for an Indiana man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and eating parts of her body plan to argue he was insane at the time.

Court documents show two psychiatrists will examine 37-year-old Joseph Oberhansley to determine whether he was legally insane, The (Louisville, Kentucky) Courier-Journal reports. The same psychiatrists are required to testify at his trial, which is scheduled to begin Aug. 19.

Prosecutors say Oberhansley broke into the Jeffersonville home of 46-year-old Tammy Jo Blanton in September 2014, raped her, fatally stabbed her and ate parts of her body. He’s charged with murder, burglary and rape.

A judge ruled in November that Oberhansley was competent to stand trial following a 21-month stay at a state psychiatric hospital.