Taylor Schabusiness is found fit to face a murder trial

Taylor Schabusiness appears in two mugshots taken by the Brown County, Wisconsin jail.

Taylor Schabusiness appears in two mugshots taken by the Brown County, Wisconsin jail.

A woman from Wisconsin accused of a gruesome murder and the subsequent dismemberment was deemed fit for trial by a psychological expert, a judge said on Wednesday.

Taylor Denise Schabusiness, 24, will undergo an additional series of tests to ensure she is mentally fit to face criminal charges of first-degree first-degree homicide, corpse mutilation and third-degree sexual assault. Those allegations stem from an alleged meth-fuelled sex-murder-sex hype in late February that ended with a 25-year-old Shad Thyrion dead and cut to pieces with a serrated bread knife.

“This report contains some specific findings that indicate that Ms. Schabusiness is, according to this reviewer, able to proceed,” judges Tom Walsch said, apparently surprising the defendant’s attorney, according to courtroom report by Green Bay ABC affiliate WBAY.

“At this point, my client would request a second investigation,” the defense attorney said Quinn Jolly said during the brief hearing on Wednesday morning. “The court must appoint one examiner, but may appoint several. After considering the report and the opinion of the examiner to the court, the court should remain sensitive to signs of fluctuations in their general mental status and behavioral stability, as such changes may indicate fluctuations in their ability to perform.”

The Law&Crime Network Sierra Gillespie reported that Jolly also argued that his client had been under psychiatric treatment since her seventh grade. When applying for the second competency assessment, defense attorney said Schabusiness had previously been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Brown County District Attorney David Laseefor his part, said he respects the results of the first evaluation but I didn’t feel strongly about the defense’s request for an additional one either way.

“I would like to point out that Dr. Collins is highly respected and she’s the head of that particular department and she does a number of these, she’s very experienced and she does a number of those assessments,” Lasee told the court. “We have accepted their reports on countless occasions. I’m not sure if the county or state should pay for a second appraisal. I know there are other alternatives. The defense has the right to have their client evaluated by an expert witness at any time, so I’m not going to take a strong position either way. I just wanted to point out that we have the opinion of Dr. Collins on this matter.”

The money issue eventually became the sticking point – with the merits of the matter being largely settled in the defendant’s favour. Jolly said he will apply to fund the second competency assessment by Badger State’s Office of Public Defender. The judge responded that the court must be notified as soon as possible if the application for government funding is denied.

In the end, Walsh scheduled a status conference for May 10, 2022—about 30 days from now—so the defense could secure funding for a second competency assessment. The results of this second round of testing would then be debated or contested.

Prosecutors allege the defendant murdered their victim, admittedly having sex with his body for several hours, and then mutilated his body in a meth-fueled killing spree earlier this year.

Supposedly one love-like appreciation for serial killers Jeffrey DahmerSchabusiness, when arrested, “replied that the police would have fun finding all the organs,” according to the Brown County assistant district attorney Caleb Saunders.

According to the criminal complaint, the defendant tried to choke her victim into a state of unconsciousness during sex by choking him with a metal chain, but failed and found him already dead. She insisted the murder was accidental and reportedly admitted to “liking” the fact of his death after it happened.

Officers originally got to the victim’s home when his mother found his severed head in a bucket. Police say they also found what they described as a “male organ” in a plastic container at the site. The man’s legs were found in a crockpot box behind the driver’s seat of the van Schabusiness was driving, police claim. The rest of Thyrion’s body was discovered in various pockets.

“Schabusiness stated that she used knives she obtained from the dorm kitchen and that a bread knife worked best because of the serrated blade,” the criminal complaint reads. “School business has indicated that the knives should be in a black bag in the basement along with the body parts. Schabusiness stated that she would use whatever bags she found in the basement to put the body parts inside. Schabusiness commented that at one point she became paranoid and lazy and that she thought it was the ‘dope’ that was making her paranoid.”

The defendant is currently being held at the Brown County, Wisconsin jail on $2 million in cash bail.

[images via Brown County Jail]

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