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Attorney Attacked at Hearing for Murder and Dismemberment Case

15 February 2023, Wednesday
Tuesday in Brown County Court, Taylor Schabusiness, who is facing charges in a murder and dismemberment case, attacked her attorney Quinn Jolly. A deputy was able to restrain Schabusiness, who fought back, and extra deputies were called to the courtroom. Over the scanner it was heard “They need a code three in branch two, wrestling with Schabusiness.”

After the incident, Schabusiness inquired the deputies about what had occurred, to which they replied, “You went ballistic on your lawyer, Taylor.”

At a competency hearing on the 25th, Schabusiness was in court for the murder and dismemberment of Shad Thyrion in February 2022. Jolly requested two additional weeks for the defense expert to testify on Schabusiness’s competency, which the judge agreed to. This pushed the trial to May and triggered an outburst from Schabusiness.

The competency hearing has been rescheduled for March 6, when the trial was previously set to begin. Schabusiness has pleaded not guilty, claiming mental disease or defect for the charges of 1st Degree Intentional Homicide, Mutilating a Corpse, and 3rd Degree Sexual Assault.

At a hearing earlier this month, attorney Quinn Jolly requested that the trial be postponed in order to allow himself sufficient time to review the “voluminous” amount of evidence to be presented by the state. The judge denied the request. The prosecution are expected to call up to 37 witnesses, and as such, Jolly has requested that an “NGI” (Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity) plea be considered, which would involve a mental competency examination.

Last February, police in Green Bay were summoned to a house on Stony Brook Lane following a complaint from a woman who discovered her son's decapitated head in a pail. It was eventually established that Taylor Schabusiness had been the last individual spotted with the victim, Shad Thyrion, prior to the incident. When police located Schabusiness at a residence on Eastman Avenue, it was observed that she had dried blood on her garments. Upon investigation of her van and a rear passenger seat, officers uncovered a crock pot box containing additional human body parts, among them legs.

Police obtained a search warrant for a home on Stony Brook Lane, which belonged to the victim's mother. In addition to the human head, officers discovered a "male organ" in a bucket, as well as body fluid and knives. Inside a storage tote, they located an upper torso.

In an interview, Schabusiness was asked what had taken place. She replied, "That is a good question." She said she and the victim had been smoking meth all day Tuesday and had engaged in sexual activity, during which chains were used. Schabusiness claimed she had blacked out at one point, but when she came to, she realized she had been strangling the victim and had not meant to kill him. However, she admitted she had enjoyed choking him. The sexual assault charge is based on actions that occurred after the victim had passed away.

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