Woman facing trial for her boyfriend's death files petition to marry inmate
CAMPBELL COUNTY, Ky. (WKRC) - While her attorneys are filing last minute pleadings before her upcoming murder retrial, Shayna Hubers has filed her own request with the court: she wants a marriage license.
Hubers and her fiancée, Richard McBee, who also goes by Unique Taylor, are both locked up in the Campbell County Detention Center. Both sent letters dated May 2nd to Campbell County Clerk Jim Luersen.
Jim Luerson has been the Campbell County Clerk for the past three-and-a-half years but this is a first.
"[We] have our hands full with elections. Getting ready, our primary is May 22nd and there's a lot of work to do with that so, this is just one more thing," said Luerson.
Luerson says he received the handwritten requests for a marriage license from Shayna Hubers and Richard McBee on Monday, May the 7th. They are both in the Campbell County Jail.
Hubers was convicted in 2015 in the 2012 shooting death of her boyfriend Ryan Poston. The judge threw out the conviction due to a juror being a convicted felon. Hubers' trial was then rescheduled.
McBee is being held on a robbery charge and is also being held as an out-of-state fugitive. McBee is also a transgender inmate who is also known as Unique Taylor.
"Once the [Kentucky] law changed in 2015, it doesn't matter. The gender of the parties is irrelevant as far as a marriage license," said Luerson.
Luerson said he needed more information from the two, but as long as the couple provides it he will be able to issue them a marriage license.
"We don't perform the ceremony. Whether or not they can actually get married in jail, that's not my office but we are able to give them a license. Like I said, whether or not it's able to be executed upon is up to the jail," said Luerson.
There are a couple reasons the Kentucky Department of Corrections lists as to why inmates cannot get married. There is only one that potentially applies to Hubers and McBee. That is if the inmate making the request is emotionally unstable or incompetent. Hubers is scheduled to be in court Friday for a hearing.
This will be the first time two inmates requested to get married under Luerson's watch.
"So, not too often. My main deputy clerk in the marriage department has been here ten years and she hasn't had one," said Luerson