GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – The Green Bay woman accused of sexually assaulting, killing, and dismembering a 25-year-old man was back in the Brown County Courthouse on Friday for another competency hearing.
Judge Thomas Walsh said he has enough evidence to determine that 25-year-old Taylor Schabusiness is competent to stand trial.
This came after Schabusiness’s new attorney Christopher Froelich had an opportunity to question a doctor who performed a competency exam on her back in mid-November. He argued that Schabusiness’s mental health has deteriorated since November and that the results of the competency test didn’t consider current events like when she attacked her attorney in court last month. Froelich also said the doctor who performed the exam didn’t evaluate all available documents including ones related to past mental health treatment that Schabusiness had received.
Froelich also expressed concern that he wasn’t Schabusiness’s lawyer when the doctor performed the competency exam which he said put him at a disadvantage when it came to proving his case.
“I don’t know how the doctor can formulate current opinions when he hasn’t seen my client in four months,” said Froelich.
Dr. Matthew Seipel, who did the competency exam on Schabusiness, did admit that stressors and other factors can cause fluctuations in a person’s mental state and competency. However, he said he didn’t hear anything in court on Friday afternoon that would change his opinion that Schabusiness is competent to stand trial.
The judge agreed and also dismissed a motion from the defense asking for a new or additional competency hearing.
“The doctor concluded in the testimony, but also the report that there’s no indication that Schabusiness lacks the mental capacity to understand the proceedings against her,” said judge Thomas Walsh. “It was the doctors opinion that she was competent to proceed and I’m going to make that finding today.”
Walsh set a trial date for July 24 with jury selection taking place on July 21.
Schabusiness is facing 1st-Degree Intentional Homicide, Mutilating a Corpse, and 3rd-Degree Sexual Assault charges relating to the murder of Shad Thyrion back in February 2022.
The gruesome Green Bay murder case has been rapidly changing as of late since Schabusiness’ latest competency hearing on February 14 when she attacked her then-attorney, Quinn Jolly.
Days after the attack, Jolly asked to withdraw, a motion that was granted by Judge Walsh. Christopher Froelich was entered in as an attorney for Schabusiness on February 28.
The complaint said the victim and Schabusiness went to the victim’s mom’s house and started to engage in sexual activity. She then told authorities that she choked the victim and ‘went crazy.’ She said the victim went purple, but ‘she was already this far’ and kept on choking him until he died.
Schabusiness then told authorities how she mutilated the victim’s body. She is charged with sexual assault because she ‘played with the body’ after he died. She described how she used knives from the kitchen to mutilate the body.
The mother of the victim heard the door close and went to check if anyone was still in the house. She called the cops after finding the remains of her son in the basement.
Schabusiness said she was not prepared and the killing was random. Police found her with blood on her clothes as well as remains in the minivan.
She is being held in jail on a $2 million dollar cash bond and will be back in court on July 24 for her jury trial.