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Juror in cannibalism murder trial out of Southern Indiana shares experience

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - One man who sat on the jury for a cannibalism murder case says he never imagined he'd have this experience.

"It didn't really sink in until we were there for the jury and we got photos and evidence and just really heard in-depth about it because that's just something that doesn't happen everyday," Danny Beckman said.

Six years ago Joseph Oberhansley of Jeffersonville, Indiana was accused of killing his ex-girlfriend Tammy Jo Blanton. The court chose people from Allen County to sit on the jury.

During the trial jurors reviewed gruesome details and evidence Beckman says was difficult to process.

"Once we heard the details of the crime and even more once we saw crime scene photos, autopsy photos it really made it very emotional for many people on the jury and I think that's something that we'll be able to bond or talk about moving forward," Beckman said.

Beckman said during the trial Oberhansley made many outbursts in the courtroom. He maintained his innocence claiming two men killing Blanton inside her home.

"Often times he was staring us the jury down which made we all kind of talked about it made us very uncomfortable and the outbursts really just kind of helped us decide that he really wasn't being truthful," Beckman said.

He says the hardest part for him and other jurors was taking the emotion out of it and focusing on the evidence brought to them.

"It's very emotional. You think about her family, who she leaves behind, what she was going through as this terrible thing was happening to her," Beckman said.

In the end, Beckman says he's grateful he could play a part in getting justice for Blanton's family.

"I'm happy that I was able to be a part of that and to lock this man away for his life so he can never do something this bad again," Beckman said.

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Arielle Cadet

Arielle Cadet joined WPTA in August 2019. The Atlanta, Georgia native graduated from the University of Missouri and serves as Weekend Anchor/MMJ for ABC21. Feel free to connect with her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, or shoot her an email at acadet@WPTA21.com.

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