A Tulsa, Oklahoma woman has been found guilty for disfiguring the dead body of a woman she believed had an affair with her husband. NBC affiliate KFOR reports 28-year-old Shaynna Sims was found guilty on unlawful removal of a body part from a deceased person, concealing stolen property, first-degree burglary, unauthorized dissection and disturbing a funeral. It took a jury four hours to convict her of the 2015 mutilation of Tabatha Lynch, who died of natural causes at the age of 38.
Prosecutors say Sims was angry at Lynch, who was a friend of her husband’s, and who she believed was his lover at the time of her death. Sims then snuck into Moore Funeral Homes, where Lynch’s body lay in its casket, and used a pocket knife to carve a gash in her face, from her forehead to her nose. She also cut off a toe and at least one of her breasts.
Funeral director Greg Lee was quoted in Tulsa World as saying, “In all these years I’ve worked in the funeral industry, I’ve never seen that happen." Sims took photos of her horrific handy-work and removed Lynch’s shoes before going to the dead woman’s apartment to steal jewelry and other belongings.
According to Oklahoma’s News On 6, Sims’ defense attorney said his client was under the influence of pain killers and had snapped after learning of her husband’s alleged affair via taunting text messages from the deceased. Tulsa County Assistant District Attorney Tanya Wilson countered, "We understand a person being jealous, we understand a person being angry, and she probably had every right to be, but as I said in my closing arguments, she took it a step too far."
Sims will be sentenced on June 1, and the jury has recommended up to 16 years in prison.
[Photo: Tulsa Police Department]