Daughter of legislator is slain N. Laurel boyfriend charged in stabbing of Barbara Dorman

Body in suspect's home

Details are sketchy

police say they know of no motive

February 13, 1996|By Ed Heard | Ed Heard,SUN STAFF Sun staff writers Ivan Penn, Marina Sarris, Shanon D. Murray and Alisa Samuels contributed to this article.

A North Laurel man was charged yesterday with fatally stabbing his girlfriend -- the daughter of a longtime Maryland lawmaker -- after police found him wearing bloody clothes in his townhouse, where her body was found.

Gary Charles Moncarz, 41, of the 9500 block of Canterbury Riding was being held without bail at the Howard County Detention Center yesterday. He was charged with first-degree murder, assault with intent to murder, assault and battery.

The body of Barbara Susan Dorman, 36, of the 9100 block of Hitching Post Lane in North Laurel was identified at the scene. She is the daughter of state Sen. Arthur Dorman, a 21st District Democrat from Prince George's County who has served in the legislature for 30 years.

Mr. Dorman, visibly distraught as a friend delivered food to his Beltsville home last night, told a reporter, "I have no comment right now. I haven't received the police report."

His colleagues in Annapolis were stunned by the news. Senate Majority Leader Clarence W. Blount, a Baltimore Democrat, said, "It's a tragedy. I feel for the family. I just don't know where we've lost people in the past two generations."

"The Senate of Maryland is just grief-stricken," said Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., a Prince George's Democrat. "We got to watch this young lady grow up."

The Dorman family was remembered in a prayer when the Senate met in session last night and again as it adjourned.

Police knew of no motive and had few details about the circumstances leading up to the killing. A police spokesman said there was no sign of a struggle.

Ms. Dorman arrived at the townhouse minutes after 8 a.m. yesterday, according to police and neighbors who saw her gold-colored Dodge Shadow outside.

Mr. Moncarz's next-door neighbor, John Holmes, 22, said he heard yelling coming from Mr. Moncarz's home after 8 a.m. but "didn't think anything of it."

At 9:34 a.m., a female caller whom police did not identify phoned 911 and told police that Mr. Moncarz had "a corpse" inside his house.

Officers arriving at the house found a dead woman near the front door with several stab wounds in her back and chest.

On the second floor of the home, officers found Mr. Moncarz in blood-stained clothing. He told them he had stabbed the woman, according to police charging documents.

Police took Mr. Moncarz to Howard County police headquarters in Ellicott City for questioning and charged him hours later.

Detectives were at Mr. Moncarz's three-story brick townhouse taking photographs and gathering evidence last night. Detectives have confiscated a knife they believe was used in the struggle.

Police said they were unsure exactly what led to Ms. Dorman's death, but it was not the first time they had responded to the North Laurel address for trouble.

About 1 a.m. Oct. 26, officers were called during an argument between Mr. Moncarz and Ms. Dorman. About 2:30 p.m. that afternoon, officers arrived at the home a second time so that Ms. Dorman could enter and retrieve some belongings from inside.

Ms. Dorman began dating Mr. Moncarz last summer. She was divorced with a young son. Neighbors said Mr. Moncarz has children and was once married.

Debra Lindholm, a neighbor of Ms. Dorman's who sometimes watched her son, said the couple's relationship changed about 1 1/2 months ago, after Mr. Moncarz was hospitalized for unknown reasons.

Until then, "they were getting very serious," Ms. Lindholm said. "She was going to move in with him. After the hospital incident, she said no."

Lee Bruce Moss, who was divorced from Ms. Dorman about 1 1/2 years ago, said he had met Mr. Moncarz a couple of times but didn't know him well.

Mr. Moss appeared shaken at his Beltsville home yesterday and refused to comment on his ex-wife's death.

Neighbors were shocked that the slaying -- the county's first this year -- happened co nearby.

"It scared me," said Mark Johnson, whose 6-year-old daughter sometimes played with Mr. Moncarz's young son.

In Ms. Dorman's neighborhood, about five minutes away, her neighbors were also disturbed.

"She was a very outgoing, very friendly person," said Joy Horton, a neighbor.

"She was a good mother. She looked out for her son's best interests. I just can't believe she's dead."

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