Woman indicted on murder, other charges in death and dismemberment of two

A 65-year-old woman murdered her former handyman and at least one other person, then dismembered their bodies at her rural Rogue River farm in separate cases over the past 17 months, police said this afternoon.

Jackson County Sheriff’s Department detectives today identified one of Susan Monica’s suspected victims as 56-year-old Robert Haney, who they believe was slain in September. Family members said he worked as Monica’s handyman and police said he lived on the property at the time of his death.

Investigators did not identify who they believe is the second victim, who court documents state was killed on or about Aug. 1, 2012.

Detectives today offered no suspected motives or methods for the alleged crimes.

The task of identifying the bodies lies with the medical examiners’ office, and no official findings were expected in the immediate future, sheriff’s Detective Julie Denney said. She declined to elaborate at a press conference this afternoon.

A Jackson county grand jury indicted Monica today on two counts of murder, two counts of first-degree abuse of a corpse, and identity theft. The identity theft charge stems from unlawfully possessing the personal identification of Robert Haney with the intent to deceive or defraud, according to a release from the Jackson County District Attorney's Office.

The grand jury met this afternoon and heard testimony from four witnesses, including Detective Eric Henderson from the Jackson County Sheriff's Office and deputy medical examiner Eric Fox, also of the sheriff's office.

The indictment will be filed with Jackson County Circuit Court Wednesday, Jan. 15. Monica is expected back in court Wednesday, Jan. 22 for arraignment on the indictment.

— Mark Freeman

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