- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 19, 2014

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) - A prosecutor says the owner of a ranch in Southern Oregon where the remains of two people were found had shot both victims in the head.

The revelation came Wednesday in Jackson County Circuit Court in Medford, where 65-year-old Susan Monica was asking a judge to grant bail, the Mail Tribune (https://bit.ly/1eSGKJB) reported.

Judge Tim Barnack denied the request.

Monica is facing two counts each of murder and abuse of a corpse and one count of identity theft in the 2013 death of a handyman living on her property, and in the 2012 death of another person whom authorities have yet to identify.

Investigators found the remains when they went to her property in Rogue River in January to investigate the improper use of handyman Robert Haney’s food stamp card.

In arguing against bail, Chief Deputy District Attorney Allan Smith added that Monica had made incriminating statements to investigators that were supported by physical evidence.

In letters to the Mail Tribune, Monica has been complaining about the food and living conditions at the jail.

Defense attorney Christine Herbert filed a motion barring news organizations access to Monica, which Barnack took under advisement.

When the judge set a preliminary hearing for September, Monica blurted out, “Oh, God.”


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

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