Green Bay, Wisconsin: On Wednesday, April 13, Judge Tom Walsh revealed the results of Taylor Denise Schabusiness's first psychological evaluation stating that she has been found competent to stand trial.
Schabusiness has been charged first-degree intentional homicide, mutilating a corpse and third-degree sexual assault related to the February 23, 2022 murder of 25-year-old Shad Thyrion.
"That report has some specific findings, indicating that, according to this evaluator, Ms. Schabusiness is competent to proceed," Walsh stated.
Schabusiness's defense attorney, Quinn Jolly was quick to request a second evaluation.
"At this point, my client would be seeking a second examination. The court must appoint one examiner but can appoint more," Jolly said.
"After review of the report and the examiner's comments to the court, the court should remain sensitive to the event of any signs of fluctuations in her overall mental status and behavioral stability, such changes may signal fluctuation in her capacity," Jolly contended.
WBAY disclosed that Jolly went on to say that "Ms. Schabusiness has been receiving mental health treatment since the seventh grade. She's been psychiatrically hospitalized multiple times. She's been diagnosed with bipolar and psychotic. This may have been one of her better days, however I'm very surprised at the result of this report."
David Lasee, Brown County District Attorney was not opposed to the idea of another evaluation, but contended that the state should not have to pay for it as the first was preformed by a respected professional.
"I would not, Dr. Collins is highly respected, and she's the head of that particular unit and does a number of these, very experienced, and does a number of these evaluations. We've accepted her reports on countless occasions. I'm not sure that the county or state should have for a second evaluation. I know there are other alternatives."
Conceding that the defense has the right to have their client evaluated at any time Lasee said, "I won't take a strong position one way or the other. I just wanted to note that we highly respect Dr. Collins's opinions on these issues."
The next competency hearing has been scheduled for May 10 providing that the defense is able to secure funding for the evaluation.