The trial of a Wisconsin woman accused of killing and dismembering a man begins Monday

Harris Marley
Harris Marley

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The trial of a Wisconsin woman accused of murdering and dismembering a man in Green Bay begins Monday after a judge found her fit to assist in her own defense.

Taylor Schabusiness, 25, of Green Bay was charged with first-degree willful homicide, mutilation of a corpse and third-degree assault after he allegedly strangled Shad Thyrion at a Green Bay home in February 2022.

Schabusiness is also accused of sexually assaulting Thyrion and dismembering his body, leaving parts of him all over the house and in a vehicle.

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The accused pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of mental illness or lack of the crimes. In March, a judge ruled that Schabusiness had jurisdiction to stand trial.

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Taylor Schabusiness returns to a Brown County courtroom after assaulting her attorney Quinn Jolly during a hearing in Green Bay, Wisconsin on Feb. 14, 2023. (WLUK/Tim Flanigan via AP)

Christopher T. Froelich, of the Green Bay-based Froelich Law Group, told the court he disagreed with the court’s decision that his client was deemed fit to assist in her own defense, the Associated Press reported.

On Friday, 16 jurors were selected for the trial, with four of the jurors serving as deputies.

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In April, Froelich requested that the case be moved because “a fair and impartial trial cannot take place in Brown County … because of substantial pre-trial publicity and other factors.”

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Taylor Schabusiness attacked her lawyer during a court hearing on Tuesday. February 14, 2023. (WLUK)

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Evidence of publicity was insufficient in making a case to bring in a jury from another jurisdiction or select a new venue, Judge Thomas Walsh ruled at the time.

To help get jurors out of the way, prosecutors said they were not opposed to sending questionnaires to prospective jurors asking about their news consumption on the case.

In a video that surfaced in February 2023, Schabusiness assaulted her attorney, Quinn Jolley, in a Brown County courtroom.

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Shortly after Walsh agreed to postpone her March 6 trial, Schabusiness attacked Quinn and was wrestled to the ground by a deputy sheriff.

As a result of the outburst, the judge moved her competency hearing date to March 6 and suggested a trial date of May 15.

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The judge ruled in March that Schabusiness was competent to stand trial.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Greg Wehner is a breaking news reporter for Fox News Digital.


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