Shayna Hubers found love in prison, but it did not last long. She was married to wife Unique Taylor, but they were divorced before their first anniversary, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer.
Hubers is serving a life sentence in the death of her boyfriend, Ryan Poston.
Hubers never denied killing her boyfriend, but claimed that when she shot him six times at his Ft. Thomas apartment, she did it in self-defense, according to Local 12 News. Hubers’ story airs tonight, Friday, July 16, 2021, on Lifetime. Cellmate Secrets airs its new episode at 9 p.m. Eastern time.
Here’s what you need to know:
Hubers & Taylor Were Married in a Jailhouse Ceremony & Divorced Less Than One Year Later
Hubers and Taylor were married June 7, 2018, in a two-minute jailhouse ceremony at the Campbell County jail, according to the Cincinatti Enquirer. Taylor is a transgender woman whose legal name was Richard McBee at the time of incarceration. She spent more than a decade in prison.
“[Hubers] is married to an individual who spent 14 years in federal custody and who is now been picked up in Tennessee on another warrant about something else,” said Michelle Snodgrass, commonwealth attorney for Campbell County, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer.
Soon after their marriage, Taylor was transferred to another lockup facility in Tennessee, the article said.
Their divorce was finalized in March 2019. Hubers told a judge she had not spoken to her spouse since January 2019, and filed for divorce a few days later. A judge agreed that Hubers’ life sentence meant the marriage was “irretrivable,” the article said.
Hubers Appealed Her Sentence & the Kentucky Supreme Court Upheld The Jury’s Decision in 2020
Hubers filed an appeal in her case, claiming there were problems in her jury selection and the location of the trial, according to Local 12 News. However, the Kentucky Supreme Court upheld her sentence in 2020, the news outlet reported.
Hubers, whose full name is Shayna Michelle Hubers, is incarcerated at the Kentucky Correctional Institution for women, a medium-security prison, according to her prison record.
Here is her prison record:
She could be eligible for parole in 2032, her prison record says. Today, Hubers is 30. She was convicted September 28, 2015, and began serving time on August 14, 2015, her prison record says. She was indicted on two counts of murder by a Campbell County grand jury, and found guilty of murder at trial, the prison record says.
Hubers shot Poston six times, including in the head, investigators said on Cellmate Secrets. She called 911 after shooting him, and she was taken into custody. During an interview with police, she said she knew Poston would die or be seriously injured, according to a clip from the show.
“I knew he was gonna die or have a completely deformed face,” Hubers said in a clip played on the show. “He’s very vain…and wants to get a nose job. Just that kinda person and I shot him right here. I gave him his nose job he wanted.”
She later told police “I did it. Yes, I did it,” and stood near the wall and sang “Amazing Grace,” according to the show.
Text Messages Between Poston & Hubers Read at Trial Indicated She Was Possessive in Their Relationship
Prosecutors argued that Hubers shot Poston in his Highland Heights apartment because he tried to end their relationship, according to The Enquirer. Text messages were read into evidence that shed light on their relationship, which started on Facebook. They had an on-again, off-again relationship for about a year and a half, the newspaper reported.
“You need a lot more validation and affection from men than I can give,” Poston wrote in a text message, according to The Enquirer.
At one point, Hubers logged onto his Facebook page and blocked women. During breakups, investigators said Poston sent about one text for every 100 Hubers sent during their breakups. Poston wrote a text saying Hubers would not leave when they would break up.
“She dresses up, looking pretty, and she just shows up,” an investigator read from Poston’s texts, reported by the newspaper. “She doesn’t leave.”
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