A psychiatrist filed a letter with an Indiana court expressing his opinion that a man charged with his ex-girlfriend’s brutal murder is now competent to stand trial.
As was previously reported, a court sided with psychiatrists nearly a year ago in declaring 35-year-old Joseph Oberhansley mentally unfit for criminal proceedings.
That decision came amid the defendant’s bizarre actions in the court, including his assertion that his name was Zeus.
According to the New York Post, a state doctor now feels his capacity has been restored to the point that he can face charges related to the 2014 rape, stabbing death and cannibalism of Tammy Jo Blanton.
In a hearing this week to address the recent development, Oberhansley reportedly had another outburst, telling Clark County Circuit Court Judge Vicki Carmichael that he wanted to fire his legal team.
“They’re trying to control my thoughts,” he told her. “They’re trying to control my mind.”
His lawyers, meanwhile, requested an extension to respond to the psychiatrist’s opinion. Carmichael ordered all parties to appear again on September 21.
She also instructed Oberhansley to work with his current counsel at the current time.
Clark County prosecutor Jeremy Mull said the wants to see the case resolved on behalf of those personally involved.
“This matter has been going on for four years now, and it’s high time that the victim’s family saw justice done,” he said.
Prosecutors have indicated they plan to seek capital punishment for Oberhansley, who was on parole at the time of his arrest for a homicide he committed as a teen.