A Tennessee couple accused of kidnapping, torturing and sexually assaulting a woman before killing her. Police said they initially offered her a place to stay.
Rebecca Elizabeth Deschman and Shawn Finnegan have been accused of murdering Rebecca Paxton after her body was found severed in the refrigerator according to Oak Ridge Today and WJHL.
Dishman, 22, and Venigan, 52, were charged with first degree murder, aggravated kidnapping, misuse of corpse and tampering with evidence. Finnegan is also facing aggravated rape and abuse on a corpse charge while Dishman faces aggravated sexual beatings and manipulation of evidence charges, according to WATE reports.
Authorities responded to reports of the murder at the Oak Ridge home on Wednesday. While searching the drug, they found Paxton’s body.
The couple is accused of luring Paxton into a home in Oak Ridge in December 2019, and promising her a safe place to stay. However, once she arrived, authorities said that the couple held Paxton against her will, tortured and sexually assaulted her before killing her.
According to the arrest warrants provided by Oak Ridge Police and reviewed by the local press, Paxton was allegedly chained to a bed in the house and tied to a dog collar, and her arms were tied with a zip tie. Finnegan and Dishman allegedly used baseball bats to hit Paxton so that she would not resist or try to escape, and they also allegedly denied her medical care and food. They also allegedly raped Paxton before strangling her to death.
Finnegan and Dishman allegedly confessed to cutting off parts of Paxton’s body, breaking ligaments and bones to make her body fit into the refrigerator, as per the arrest warrants. Finnegan allegedly moved the body under his bed as soon as he realized that Paxton’s death would be investigated.
In an attempt to conceal evidence of the alleged murder, Dishman allegedly used “bleach and swiffer” in the living room, bedroom and bathroom to clean the blood.
Finnegan and Dishman have allegedly confessed to the crimes.
None of the defendants’ lawyers was reached for comment