Taylor Schabusiness the woman from Wisconsin is asking for a competency exam after she was charged with the brutal murder of a man. According to police records Taylor Schabusiness would choke a man to death during sex than afterwards would perform sexual acts with the corpse before carving up his body and chopping his head off. Taylor Schabusiness would be charged with first-degree intentional homicide, mutilating a corpse, and third-degree sexual assault. Taylor Schabusiness is also charged with two counts of violation of probation. Now Taylor is asking for a competency exam as she is blaming the brutal murder on a meth binge and more than likely going for an insanity defense.
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A judge will review a request Thursday for a competency exam for the woman accused of decapitating a man.
Her attorney requested the competency exam, saying based on his conversations with her he questions if Schabusiness understands the court proceedings and can assist in her own defense.
The case was assigned to Judge Thomas Walsh, with a hearing set for Thursday, court records show. Such competency exam requests are routinely granted.
Schabusiness also has balance of initial appearance scheduled for March 22, but that is likely to be postponed while the psychiatric review is performed. She is currently being held on $2 million cash bond.
This competency exam is separate from any possible so-called insanity plea of not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect. Such a plea would come at a later stage of the case. The only issues for the competency exam are her ability to understand the proceedings and help in her own defense.
According to the criminal complaint, police were called to a residence on Stony Brook early in the morning of Feb. 23. There, police found a severed head inside a bucket in the basement.
Schabusiness said she and the victim were using drugs, including meth, and engaging in sexual play, when the man was strangled. She then sexually abused him, dismembered the body, and placed body parts in various locations in the home and a vehicle, the criminal complaint states.
“Schabusiness made the comment that at one point, she did get paranoid and lazy and that she thought it was the “dope” that was making her paranoid,” the complaint states.
Police say they took Schabusiness into custody later on Feb. 23 at an Eastman Avenue residence.