VIROQUA — A 22-year-old Readstown man is accused of stabbing a woman in the neck multiple times in De Soto early Thursday because “he wanted to see what it felt like,” according to court testimony.

Vernon County Circuit Judge Michael Rosborough ordered Shayne Swadley held on a $100,000 cash bond. He returns to court June 1 for homicide or attempted homicide charges depending on whether the victim, Christine M. Mazilauskas, 45, of De Soto, survives the attack, District Attorney Tim Gaskell said.

Vernon County Sheriff John Spears said he can’t recall a case where the perpetrator had no motive and just wanted the experience of killing someone.

“He admitted to wanting to kill her but had no reason other than he wanted to know what it felt like,” he said.

Swadley said he took a knife from the kitchen, walked to the rear of a mobile home south of Blackhawk Park in De Soto and stabbed Mazilauskas in the back while she was asleep in a bedroom about 1 a.m., sheriff’s Lt. investigator Scott Bjerkos testified.

Mazilauskas called 911 and named Swadley as her attacker.

“When I took [Swadley] over to the jail, I said, ‘One thing that bothers me about this whole thing, Mr. Swadley, is you haven’t even asked how she’s doing,’” Bjerkos said in an interview after the bond hearing. “He looked at me and goes, ‘She’s still alive?’”

Mazilauskas underwent emergency surgery early Thursday. Bjerkos said she remains in critical condition and will likely require additional surgeries.

Three other men in the house at the time fled but later told investigators that nothing occurred that would have sparked an altercation between Swadley and Mazilauskas.

Authorities suspect Swadley was under the influence of alcohol and methamphetamine.

“He’s not the first person to be under the influence of meth and have this kind of behavior,” Bjerkos said. “That’s why the drug is so evil.”

Spears said the crime shows premeditation.

“He went from one end of the trailer to the other and came back — that’s what’s scary — to see what it would feel like,” Spears said. “What if he would have gotten that feeling when ... there was a kid riding by on a bike or the UPS man coming to the door? It could have been anybody.”

Swadley is on probation and has drug and disorderly conduct convictions.

After Rosborough set the cash bond, Swadley asked, “So, uh, I’ll be getting out of here then?”

“No,” said Rosborough. “Unless you’ve got $100,000.”


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