“She is an absolute cold-blooded killer. I think she is a narcissist and she is more concerned with her own well-being than anything else.” — Fred Stine, a friend of Ryan Poston’s who spoke to the media after Hubers was found guilty of murder.
On the night of October 12, 2012, Shayna Hubers went to her boyfriend, Ryan Poston’s condo in Highland Heights, Kentucky. The two had plans to go out to dinner, but they ended up staying in and drinking wine. At some point during the evening, the two got into an argument, and Hubers shot Poston multiple times with a .40 caliber handgun. She then called 911 and confessed to the killing.
Investigation and Trial
After the shooting, Hubers was taken into custody and charged with murder. She was initially held on a $5 million bond, but she was released on bail a few months later after her family posted $50,000. She was then released on bail two more times before her trial, which did not take place until 2015.
“I was appalled by the details of this case, and I am concerned about the gaps in our system that allowed this defendant to be out on bond while awaiting trial.” — Kentucky State Representative Dennis Keene, in a statement about the case.
Throughout the trial, Hubers’ defense team argued that she had shot Poston in self-defense, claiming that he had become physically and verbally abusive towards her. However, prosecutors argued that the killing was premeditated and that Hubers had shot Poston in a fit of jealousy, as she believed he was going to break up with her.
During the trial, Hubers made several incriminating statements, including telling a fellow inmate that she had “enjoyed” killing Poston and that she would do it again. She also made comments about wanting to be on television and becoming famous.
Despite these statements, the trial ended in a mistrial after one of the jurors was found to have a prior felony conviction. Hubers was then retried in 2018, and she was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison.
The New Girl
Shayna Hubers was born on December 31, 1991, in Lexington, Kentucky. She grew up in a relatively affluent family and attended high school at Notre Dame Academy, an all-girls Catholic school in Park Hills, Kentucky. After graduating, she went on to attend the University of Kentucky, where she studied psychology.
During her time at college, Hubers began dating Ryan Poston, a 29-year-old lawyer who lived in Cincinnati, Ohio. The two met through a mutual friend, and they quickly became involved in a serious relationship. However, as time went on, their relationship became increasingly tumultuous, with frequent arguments and breakups.
During the time leading up to his death, Ryan Poston had reportedly been dating a woman named Lauren Worley. Worley was a recent graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Law and was working as a legal clerk at the time of Poston’s murder.
According to court testimony, Worley had met Poston through mutual friends, and the two had quickly become involved in a romantic relationship. However, their relationship had reportedly hit a rough patch in the weeks leading up to Poston’s death, and they had been arguing about their future together.
During Shayna Hubers’ trial, prosecutors pointed to the tensions between Poston and Worley as a possible motive for Hubers’ murder. They argued that Hubers had become jealous of Worley and had shot Poston in a fit of rage after he had informed her that he was planning to end their relationship.
Worley herself was not implicated in the murder, and she did not testify at Hubers’ trial. However, she did issue a statement after the trial in which she expressed her condolences to Poston’s family and friends and thanked the prosecutors and law enforcement officials who had worked on the case.
Mental Health and Controversies
The case of Shayna Hubers generated a lot of discussion about mental health and the criminal justice system. Hubers’ defense team argued that she had a history of mental illness and that she had been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. They claimed that she had been in an emotionally abusive relationship with Poston and that she had shot him in self-defense.
However, many people, including the prosecutor and the jury, were skeptical of this defense. They pointed to Hubers’ actions after the shooting, including her comments about enjoying the killing and wanting to be famous, as evidence that she was not acting out of self-defense.
The case also raised questions about the bail system in the United States. Hubers was able to be released on bail three times before her trial, despite the seriousness of the charges against her. Many people argued that this was a flaw in the system and that it put the public at risk.
Lurid Details Revealed
During Shayna Hubers’ trial, there were several salacious details about her and Ryan Poston’s relationship that were revealed, including some explicit comments Hubers made about their sex life.
According to court transcripts and testimony, Hubers spoke about her sexual relationship with Poston during a recorded interview with police shortly after the murder. She said that the two had sex frequently, sometimes multiple times a day, and that she was willing to engage in various sexual acts to keep Poston happy.
Hubers also spoke about her desire to marry Poston and have children with him. She claimed that they had discussed these plans and that Poston had agreed to them.
During the trial, prosecutors used these statements to argue that Hubers had become obsessed with Poston and that she had killed him out of jealousy and a desire to control him. However, Hubers’ defense team argued that these comments were not relevant to the case and that they were being used to vilify Hubers and distract from the real issues at hand.
Shayna Hubers claimed that the shooting of Ryan Poston was an act of self-defense. During her trial, her defense team argued that Poston had been abusive towards her and that she had shot him in a desperate attempt to protect herself.
Hubers claimed that on the night of the shooting, she and Poston had been drinking wine and arguing about their relationship. According to her testimony, Poston had become increasingly aggressive and had grabbed her by the arms, causing her pain. She claimed that she was afraid for her life and that she had grabbed Poston’s gun and shot him in self-defense.
“This case is a cautionary tale of what can happen when you ignore red flags.” — CBS News legal analyst Rikki Klieman, in a segment about the case.
However, prosecutors and some members of the jury were skeptical of this defense. They argued that Hubers’ actions after the shooting, including her lack of emotional distress and her incriminating statements about enjoying the killing, were not consistent with someone who had acted in self-defense. They also pointed to evidence that suggested the shooting had been premeditated, including Hubers’ purchase of ammunition before the shooting and her statements to a fellow inmate about wanting to kill Poston.
In 2018, while awaiting sentencing for the murder of Ryan Poston, she became engaged to a fellow inmate named Unique Taylor, who was also serving a sentence at the same prison. The two had reportedly met in jail and had developed a romantic relationship.
Hubers and Taylor were married in a ceremony at the Campbell County Detention Center in Newport, Kentucky, where they were both being held. The ceremony was reportedly attended by several family members and friends of the couple, as well as Hubers’ defense team.
The marriage between Hubers and Taylor generated a lot of media attention, with many people expressing shock and dismay that someone who had been convicted of murder was able to get married while in prison. Some people also questioned whether the marriage was genuine or whether it was simply a ploy by Hubers to generate sympathy and attention.
“We hope that Ryan can now rest in peace and we can begin to heal from this tragedy.” — Jay Poston, Ryan’s father, in a statement issued after Hubers’ sentencing.
It’s worth noting that marriage while incarcerated is not uncommon in the United States, and many states allow inmates to marry while they are serving their sentences. However, there are usually strict rules and regulations governing such marriages, and they are typically subject to approval by prison officials.
Shayna Hubers is currently serving a life sentence in the Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women, a state prison located in Pewee Valley, Kentucky. She was convicted of the murder of Ryan Poston in 2018, and she is not eligible for parole.