Gruesome photos have been shown to the jury in the murder trial of a man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and eating parts of her body.
The crime scene was described as “worse than anything you would see in a horror movie”.
The trial of southern Indiana man Joseph Oberhansley began on Friday, after his girlfriend Tammy Jo Blanton died in 2014.
Clark County Prosecutor Jeremy Mull said during his opening remarks Ms Blanton “met a fate that’s very difficult to describe” at the hands of the Jeffersonville man, who is charged with murder, rape, abuse of a corpse and burglary.
Mull warned the jurors because of the intense media coverage the case has received in the south of the state, the evidence they would see will include gruesome photos.
Defence attorney Bart Betteau asked jurors to be wary of “emotional evidence” that wasn’t relevant to the facts in the September 11, 2014, killing.
According to NBC-affiliate Wave3 News, the second day of the trial heard from nearly 10 witnesses, including two police officers who attended the scene on the day Ms Blanton died.
Two police officers described to the court grisly scenes they were confronted with the day of the alleged murder and said Oberhansley was “nervous” when they arrived at the home back in 2014.
The officers claimed they arrested Oberhansley after he failed to comply when officers ordered to pat him down, and testified they later found a bloody knife in his pocket.
Wave3 News reports when another officer went inside, blood was seen through the house and a tarp and tools were found on the ground.
Ms Blanton’s body was then found in the bath, according to the police officer.
“There was blood everywhere,” she said.
Photos produced to the jury showed different rooms of the home, tools, a plate, fork and knife, according to Wave3 News.
On Friday – the sixth anniversary of Ms Blanton’s death – Sabrina Hall, a co-worker and friend of Blanton’s, testified that she called police after a man she believes was Oberhansley answered Ms Blanton’s phone the day her friend died.
She said time moved “super fast and super slow at the same time” as she waited for officers to confirm what she believed had happened.
If he’s convicted by the jury, Oberhansley will face a sentence of life in prison.
Oberhansley was set to stand trial in August ,2019 with a jury drawn from central Indiana’s Hamilton County, but a mistrial was declared during the first day of testimony after a witness for the state spoke of things that attorneys had agreed would not be mentioned to the jury.
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