Woman pleads not guilty to Oregon ranch slayings

1/22/2014 1:45 PM
By Associated Press

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — A woman accused of killing and dismembering two people at her Rogue River ranch has pleaded not guilty and asked for donations so her pigs can be slaughtered and given to a community center.

Circuit Judge Lorenzo Mejia ordered 65-year-old Susan Monica held without bail and set a March 17 hearing, the Medford Mail Tribune (http://bit.ly/1hiZLaF) reported.

"I'd like the people of Rogue River to donate a small amount of money so I can have my pigs butchered and the meat given to the Rogue River Community Center," Monica said.

She is accused of killing Robert Haney, a 56-year-old handyman and tenant, in early September and another unidentified victim in early August 2012.

Investigators haven't said how she is alleged to have dismembered the bodies, what parts were discovered and where they were found. Haney was identified through fingerprints.

Monica appeared Tuesday in court over video. She wore a shoulder-length wig and orange jail clothing. When she was arrested Jan. 10, her jail mug showed her bald.

Rogue River Community Center Director Sue Smith said Monica was a regular visitor to the center, picking up food for her and her pigs but showing up less often during the past year.

Smith said the center cannot accept any meat donation unless it is processed and certified under U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines.

Smith said she questions whether the center would accept a donation of Monica's pigs even if the meat were properly processed.

One former tenant at the ranch, Patiphon Pana, has told the paper that Monica not only fed dead sheep to her pigs, but also shot three of his pets and fed them to the swine.

Local resident Bonnie Wheeler has said she occasionally did odd jobs for Monica last year and that Monica threatened her when they had a falling out.

"She used to talk to my friend about killing me and feeding me to the pigs," Wheeler said.


Information from: Mail Tribune, http://www.mailtribune.com/

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