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  • OSP IDs 2nd body from rural pig farm

  • Police forensics experts on Monday identified the remains of a 59-year-old handyman as the second victim Susan Monica allegedly murdered and buried on her rural Wimer pig farm.
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  • Police forensics experts on Monday identified the remains of a 59-year-old handyman as the second victim Susan Monica allegedly murdered and buried on her rural Wimer pig farm.
    Investigators identified the remains of the second body found in January at Monica's 20-acre farm as Stephen Frank Delicino of Wimer.
    Jackson County sheriffs deputies said they believe Monica murdered Delicino in the summer of 2012 and buried his body there. Delicino worked as a handyman on Monica's farm and was never reported missing, deputies said.
    The Oregon State Police Crime lab made the identification, deputies said.
    Monica, a 68-year-old welder by trade, also is charged with murdering Robert Harry Haney, another handyman, on her property last fall.
    An initial identity theft charge accused Monica of using Haney's Oregon Trail card without him being present, and investigators' Jan. 10 search of Monica's farm in that case led to the discovery of human body parts, police said.
    Prosecutors said Monica shot her two victims in the head before dismembering their bodies.
    However, defense attorney Christine Herbert acknowledged the evidence suggests the two victims were killed but not necessarily murdered.
    Monica pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder and is scheduled to appear next in Jackson County Circuit Court in September.
    At a March 19 hearing, Circuit Judge Tim Barnack denied Monica's request for bail. She remains in the Jackson County Jail, where she has been held since her Jan. 10 arrest.
    Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470, or email at mfreeman@mailtribune.com.
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