A woman in Wisconsin accused of committing murder, sexually assaulting the victim's corpse and then dismembering the body, is now attempting to prevent the admission of her statements made to the police following the alleged meth-induced rampage, according to authorities.
On May 31, Taylor Schabusiness, 25, and her attorney filed a motion to dismiss a sexual assault charge ahead of her upcoming murder trial, Inside Edition reported. The judge later ruled to unseal the motion, which gave more details into the details of the murder.
As Front Page Detectives previously reported, Schabusiness has been charged with murder, mutilating a corpse and sexual assault. She was arrested after telling police she murdered Shad Thyrion, 25, dismembered his body and then sexually assaulted his corpse.
Schabusiness has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect, but in this new motion her attorney claims she “blacked out” while confessing her alleged crimes to police, Inside Edition reported.
In their argument, the defense says that Thyrion “was not a person at the time of the alleged incident as [Thyrion] was deceased. The defense asserts that once the person is deceased, then they no longer are a person as defined under the jury instructions and statute."
They continue by saying Thyrion’s body was so badly dismembered that it would have made it impossible for Schabusiness to sexually assault him.
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"The defense asserts and argues that it would be unlikely and almost impossible for any sexual assault to occur with how the dismembered body was found by law enforcement," defense attorney Christopher Froelich wrote in the motion filed on May 24. "The appendage (penis) was not attached to the body when it was found and the appendage was unable to function due to its condition."
The defense would also like to suppress the statements made by Schabusiness about the alleged assault, claiming there is “no evidence to support a sexual assault other than the defendant’s own statements when she was under the influence of meth and trazadone," Inside Edition reported.
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The state has objected to the defense’s motion, claiming it is too late into the proceedings to seek dismissal of a charge in the case, officials said.
While the judge has yet to rule on the motion, it could have major implications in the case since Schabusiness also confessed to the murder and mutilation of the corpse during that same interview with police.
Schabusiness is scheduled to appear in court again on June 16, authorities said. Her trial date was pushed back to late July now.
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