Judge Orders Competency Evaluation for Woman Charged in Murder of Sexual Partner

Taylor D. Schabusiness is accused of killing and then dismembering Shad Thyrion.

March 17, 2022
Taylor D. Schabusiness has dark brown hair and hazel eyes. In this mugshot, she's wearing heavy eyeliner and posed against a gray background.

Taylor D. Schabusiness is accused of killing and dismembering Shad Thyrion.

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Brown County Jail

A judge has ordered a psychiatric evaluation for Taylor D. Schabusiness to determine if she is competent to stand trial. The woman’s attorney had previously requested the evaluation for his client.

According to Action 2 News, he explained, “Based upon the discussion I have had with my client, I have concerns regarding her ability to understand these proceedings and assist in her own defense."

On Feb. 22, 2022, Taylor D. Schabusiness, 24, allegedly killed and then dismembered a 25-year-old man named Shad Thyrion after they spent the day together, People reported. The two smoked meth and went back to Thyrion’s mother’s home. Schabusiness claimed they had sex that involved chains, and she said she blacked out at certain points before strangling the victim.

Schabusiness also claimed that she didn’t mean to kill Thyrion. Instead, she explained that she enjoyed choking him, so she just kept doing it. After Shad Thyrion died, Schabusiness dismembered his body. Then she took some body parts with her in a van and left other body parts in his mother’s home.

Shad’s mother woke up to the sound of a slamming door between 2 and 3 A.M. on Feb. 23, 2022. When she went downstairs, she found her son’s severed head in a bucket, and dried blood was also discovered on a nearby mattress. Police were called to the scene where they discovered more body parts. The victim’s torso was found in a storage tote, and they found a “male organ” in the bucket along with Thyroin’s head.

When police caught up with Taylor D. Schabusiness, she had dried blood on her clothing, and more of Thyrion’s body parts were found in her van. She said police would have fun trying to find all the organs since she dismembered the body.

Schabusiness is charged with 1st Degree Intentional Homicide, Mutilating a Corpse and 3rd Degree Sexual Assault, according to NBC15. If the court grants the motion for a competency evaluation, she will receive an examination that would ultimately determine whether she is competent to proceed. She is scheduled to return to court on March 22.

For now, Schabusiness remains behind bars and is being held on a $2 million cash bond.

The family of Shad Thyrion has a Go Fund Me page to cover the funeral and other expenses in the wake of the tragedy.

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