Rogue River homicide suspect pleads not guilty to murder, abuse of a corpse
Accused double-murderer Susan Monica ended her brief court appearance today in Medford by asking her rural Rogue River community to butcher her pigs and give the meat to charity.
The 65-year-old woman, who a former tenant said fed pets and domestic animals to her pigs, made her request after pleading not guilty to two counts of murder and first-degree abuse of a corpse for the slayings of two people whose bodies were found Jan. 10 at her West Evans Creek Road ranch.
"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 over the admonishments of her attorney not to speak.
Monica appeared in Jackson County Circuit Court via video conference, sporting a brown wig and wearing orange Jackson County Jail clothing. In her jail mug following her Jan. 10 arrest, Monica was bald.
Circuit Court Judge Lorenzo Mejia ordered Monica held without bail and set a March 17 hearing.
She is accused of murdering Robert Haney, a 56-year-old handyman and tenant, on the property in early September and another unidentified victim in early August 2012. The identity theft charge accused Monica of using Haney's Oregon Trail card without him being present, and investigators' search of Monica's farm on that case led to the discovery of human body parts, police said.
Though the charges state she dismembered the bodies, investigators have remained mum on how they believe Monica disposed of the bodies, what body parts were discovered and where they were found.
— Mark Freeman