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Monica pens letter to judge

Add jailhouse lawyer to the list of descriptions for accused serial killer Susan Monica, who recently penned a short civics lesson to the judge in her double-murder case.

Monica wrote a short note Nov. 7 on a Jackson County Jail request form to Jackson County Circuit Judge Tim Barnack referring to her Sixth Amendment rights for a speedy trial and to represent herself in court appearances.

In past court appearances, Monica has tried to fire her two defense lawyers and balked at her April trial date after complaining in letters to the Mail Tribune how much she detests being jailed.

The note, wrought with misspellings, was entered into Monica's lengthy court file Nov. 10.

"If you have any dought as to my ability to defend my self I would address you to examin the 6th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States 'in all criminal prosecutions' I have the right to a speedy trial," the letter states.

The letter came two months after Barnack ordered county jailers to take Monica to the Oregon State Hospital for a psychological evaluation, court records show. No other details on that evaluation were available in court records.

Christine Herbert, one of Monica's two court-appointed attorneys, did not return a telephone call seeking comment.

Monica is accused of shooting and dismembering 56-year-old Robert Harry Haney and 59-year-old Stephen Frank Delicino, whose bodies were found in January at Monica's 20-acre pig farm on the 9000 block of West Evans Creek Road.

The indictment asserts that Delicino was murdered in summer 2012, and that Haney was murdered in September 2013.

Monica was arrested Jan. 10 after she was found to be using Haney's Oregon Trail card, leading to a search of her farm that revealed the bodies.

FBI criteria for a serial killer is one who kills at least two people in separate acts that are not part of a running crime spree.

Prosecutors in previous court hearings have said Monica shot both victims in the head, made incriminating statements to investigators about the crimes and that investigators have amassed mounds of evidence supporting her statements.

Monica in court in September called the allegations against her "absurd" and said she would be willing to stipulate "to most everything they have right now" to get the trial moved up.

Barnack so far has refused.

Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470 or mfreeman@mailtribune.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/MTwriterFreeman.

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