Isis Schauer seeks a review of her murder case in a new court filing

A teenager sent to prison for her role in the brutal death of another teen last year wants a court to review her conviction.

Isis K. Schauer, then 18 and a Houston resident,  was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Dec. 19 and is serving the term at a state women’s prison in Vandalia. Schauer was charged — along with three others — in the death of Joseph Steinfeld, 17,  who relatives said was transgender and went by the name of Ally. The crime occurred northeast of Cabool.

Schauer entered a guilty plea to second-degree murder and abandonment of a corpse and received the sentence before Circuit Judge John Beger. Two others — Andrew Vrba, 18, and Brianna Calderas, 24 — are also charged in the murder. A fourth person, James Grigsby, of Thayer, 25, is accused of abandonment of a corpse and  tampering with evidence.

In the motion filed Wednesday in Texas County Circuit Court, Schauer claims she had ineffective counsel from Paul McMahon of the state’s public defender office and her plea was not voluntary or knowledgeable.

Schauer, who was pregnant at the time, claims there was no trial preparation or investigation into her case.

She cites:

•No fingerprints.

•Her alibi was not examined and video at a hospital would prove it.

•Her attorney only told her what would happen if her case went to trial. She said elements of the case were not known by her.

Beger entered an order Thursday giving the public defender’s system 10 days to enter an attorney to represent Schauer or secure an alternate counsel.

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