Judge denies motion to relocate Taylor Schabusiness trial

Judge believes she will get a fair trial
Published: Apr. 19, 2023 at 11:47 AM CDT|Updated: Apr. 19, 2023 at 6:23 PM CDT
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - The woman accused of murdering and dismembering a Green Bay man will face a jury trial in Brown County.

On Wednesday, a judge denied a motion filed by Taylor Schabusiness’ defense attorney to move the trial to a different county. He argued his client can’t get a fair trial because of the publicity and media in this case.

In court, Schabusiness’ attorney pinpointed news articles he believes sensationalized the case. He argued it would be hard to find an impartial jury because so many people know about the case already.

The prosecution argued an informed jury does not mean a prejudice one.

Judge Thomas Walsh said he read through all the news articles in the motion. He said he didn’t see anything that would impact a fair and impartial jury in Brown County.

“While I recognize people in Brown County have a significant amount of information, I am not convinced this information was marked by editorializing or disparaging opinions about defendant or calls for certain results, for the most part, it has been straight reporting,” said Judge Walsh.

Taylor Schabusiness is accused of dismembering Shad Thyrion in his Green Bay home last year. The grisly details of the case received widespread attention. Additionally, a recent court room video showing Schabusiness attacking her previous attorney went viral earlier this year.

Schabusiness will be back in court for a pre-trial hearing on July 17.

The judge is working on a rough draft for a questionnaire that will be given to potential jurors to screen out bias.

A judge denied a defense motion to move the trial of Taylor Schabusiness out of Brown County or to bring in an outside jury.