A criminal complaint filed on Friday details the circumstances surrounding the alleged gruesome murder of a Shakopee woman at a busy residential intersection this week.
Alexis Saborit, 42, was charged with second-degree murder in Scott County District Court in connection with the death of her longtime girlfriend, 55-year-old America Thayer.
Thayer’s mutilated body was found on July 28 at 2:31 pm in Shakopee, near Fourth Avenue and Spencer Street. Following reports of a man allegedly throwing a headless body out of a vehicle, officials were called to the area.
Investigators found several people who were allegedly witnesses to the murder. Court documents said police also found cell phone video filmed from inside a residence near the incident.
Officers found an empty, black sheath in what appeared to be a knife-style knife in the grass near the intersection. In a street about a block and a half away, officers found a white shirt, white shoes and a knife in a recycling bin. There appears to be a “blood-like substance” on the clothing.
Police found Saborit near Shenandoah Parkway and Highway 101. He is eventually arrested in the parking lot of The Landing Historic Village, where Thayer’s body was found.
On July 29, a witness informed police that his dog had found a knife in a garden near Spencer Street and Fourth Avenue. Court documents state that the knife, which was almost hidden, appears to have fallen into the soil. The knife began to fit into the sheath found at the crime scene.
A witness said he was with Thayer and Saborit at Memorial Park at 2:15 p.m. that day. The witness told the police that Thayer was trying to persuade Saborit to go to court so that he would not be disturbed. Thayer was upset that missing Saborit could get in trouble for the court, but things seemed to be fine between them, said the witness, who linked Saborit, often holding a knife to him.
Saborit told investigators that he had been dating Thayer for several years and had been in the park earlier that day. She reportedly said that they were going to appear in her court together, and on her way to court, Thayer told her that she wanted to end the relationship. Saborit reportedly said that she used the knife to kill Thayer because she had “goed too far” in her comments about his abuse and ending the relationship.
Bail in Saborit’s case was set on Friday on a $2.5 million cash or $2.5 million non-cash bond, with conditions. The Saborit’s first court appearance is scheduled for August 9 at 8:30 a.m. According to the Scott County Court Administration, he has requested a public defender.
In the days since her death, Thayer’s friends and colleagues have shared stories about a woman they described as caring, hardworking, and soft-spoken.
Thayer, employed by Maipilo in Chaska, was remembered by colleagues as a man who would never hurt a fly.
“I knew her well. We didn’t hang out, but when I say she likes to work, she was putting in 70 hours a week,” said Jamie Varley, MyPillow employee and friend of Thayer.
“She would basically go there all day, go home for a while and come back. I went there today and went to the store and got her a rose and a teddy bear to put on her table. When I was there When I went, I didn’t even see any of my co-workers,” said Worli. “I was just standing at his desk with my head bowed. Everyone was just crying. It was a very emotional day and still is.”
Worli remembered Thayer as a sweet and loving person who made friends with everyone. He also said that Thayer moved from Cuba to the United States.
On Thursday evening, when a vigil was conducted at the intersection, Thayer was found dead. Members of the community shared memories, lit candles and laid flowers by the roadside.
“She was a truly kind person who deserved better than this,” said Tori Finn, who held the vigil alongside Walker Martinez. Thayer was a frequent customer at Chaska’s Speedway gas station where he worked. Taking a break from his work on the road at MyPillow, Thayer usually bought a can of Pepsi and a hot coffee.
“That’s right, it was always Pepsi in a can,” Martinez said.
Saborit’s criminal history includes a conviction for running away from police and obstructing legal process in 2018, a felony domestic assault conviction in 2017 and a third-degree DWI conviction in 2017. Reporter Jacqueline Devine contributed to this story.