Woman in Prison for the Murder of Transgender Teen Wants Court to Review Her Case

A woman who pleaded guilty for her role in the gruesome killing of a transgender teen in Texas County last year is requesting for the court to review her conviction.

Isis K. Schauer who is now 20, filed a motion to vacate her sentence earlier this month, arguing she had inadequate council from the public defender’s office and her plea “was not knowledgeable or voluntary.”

Schauer was convicted of second-degree murder and abandonment of a corpse for the death of Ally Steinfeld, 17 and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

In her motion, Schauer wrote that she was pregnant at the time.

The child was born in December of 2017 which is about three months after Steinfeld was killed and about a week after Schauer pleaded guilty, according to probate court documents. The child’s legal guardians are a married couple who have had custody since the child was discharged from the hospital.

Springfield attorney Stuart Huffman made an appearance in court last week, signifying he is representing Schauer.

Schauer expressed in her motion that “Paul McMahan who was her public defender did not discuss probable cause, evidence, preliminary hearings.”

She also claimed that McMahan did not prepare for trial.

“If he did investigation this would have gone in my favor,” Schauer wrote, adding that there was no fingerprint evidence and her alibi was not checked out.

Two other suspects — Andrew Vrba and Briana Calderas — are awaiting trial on first-degree murder charges regarding the killing.

A fourth person, James T. Grigsby, was charged with abandonment of a corpse and tampering with evidence in the case.

According to court documents, Steinfeld was stabbed several times, including in the genitals. The teen’s eyes were gouged out and her body set on fire, the court documents also stated.

Vrba told investigators he at first tried to poison Steinfeld, then portrayed how he stabbed Steinfeld in the living room of Calderas’ mobile home, according to the probable cause statement.

Authorities say Steinfeld’s remains were discovered in a chicken coop near Cabool.

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