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Shayna Hubers, convicted of boyfriend's murder, marries jailmate

Ryan Poston's killer is awaiting new trial
Posted at 2:06 PM, Jun 08, 2018
and last updated 2019-01-15 17:49:15-05

NEWPORT, Ky. -- Shayna Hubers, convicted of murdering her old love, married her new one in the Campbell County Detention Center.

Jailer James A. Daley confirmed that Hubers married another inmate, Unique Taylor, at the jail around 2 p.m. Thursday.

Hubers first publicly declared her intention to marry Taylor in an interview with WCPO Anchor Craig McKee in May.  

The Campbell County Detention Center's online inmate database lists Taylor as Richard McBee, a 41-year-old man facing charges of robbery. But Taylor told WCPO she identifies as a woman.

"This is not a publicity stunt. This is not B.S. We genuinely love each other," Hubers told McKee last month.

WATCH raw video of McKee's entire interview with Hubers:

Hubers is awaiting a new trial in the killing of her boyfriend, Ryan Poston, who died of six gunshot wounds in 2012. A jury found Hubers guilty of murder in 2015 and recommended she spend 40 years in prison, but the revelation that one of her jurors had been a felon precipitated a retrial.

Hubers and Taylor met at the detention center in 2016, Hubers said, and recognized that they "have a lot in common." Hubers called it the most serious relationship she has pursued since her incarceration.

"Unique Taylor to me, today, is wonderfully sensitive, charismatic, brilliant, amazing and highly naturally intelligent and capable as a person," she said.

Taylor's assessment of Hubers in a letter to WCPO was similarly glowing.

 "If I had to create the perfect girl and had to then spend the rest of my life with her, I would create Shayna Hubers," she wrote. "She is at the top of every list there is -- she's brilliant, funny, talented, compassionate, loving and she has an otherworldly beauty. … I want to spend the rest of my life with her, and I will."    

Hubers said she told McKee of her marriage plans to thwart any attempt by county officials to deny her request to marry Taylor.

"I believe there's a biased opinion against me here," she said. "That's why we believe we would be retaliated against in this situation."

Taylor told McKee in a letter that the detention center refuses to recognize her as a woman.

"Even though I have repeatedly been diagnosed with Gender Dysphoria and attempted to transition into a woman, 'the System' has always been successful in thwarting me," she wrote.

She made similar allegations in an article published by The Colorado Independent in 2014, while imprisoned on different charges.

Hubers said she had become a different, more mature person since her relationship with Poston. She said she had been "misunderstood" at the time of his death and she had grown up in the intervening six years.

"I think I've been through a lot, and I was a young girl then, and I think I'm a woman now," she said.

Hubers' attorneys argued Poston was abusive and she shot him in self-defense; prosecutors contend she murdered an innocent man in anger when he tried to break up with her.

"(Poston) wasn't the right person, so we didn't understand each other as well. Unique and I understand each other a lot better."  

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