Judge postpones bail review for slaying suspect Most senators expected to attend funeral of legislator's daughter

February 14, 1996|By Ed Heard | Ed Heard,SUN STAFF

As family members of a slain North Laurel woman prepared for her funeral, a Howard County District Court judge yesterday postponed the bail review for the man charged with killing her until he gets a psychiatric evaluation.

Three buses containing most of Maryland's 47 senators are expected to go to the funeral today of Barbara Susan Dorman -- the 36-year-old daughter of their colleague, state Sen. Arthur Dorman, a 21st District Democrat from Prince George's County.

Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. at Beth Torah Synagogue in the 6700 block of Adelphi Road in Hyattsville.

"This is absolutely horrible," said Sen. John W. Derr, a Frederick Republican who is organizing the trip. "It brought back memories for me. I had a niece brutalized the same way. You have to enjoy each day as you live because you don't know when it'll be your last."

The State House schedule has been changed to allow legislators time to attend the Dorman funeral, with morning legislative committee meetings for the House of Delegates and the Senate starting an hour earlier.

"She will be remembered as a beautiful young woman with tremendous potential," said Prince George's County Del. Pauline Menes, a 21st District Democrat who had known Ms. Dorman since childhood.

The man accused of killing Ms. Dorman, Gary Charles Moncarz, 41, of the 9500 block of Canterbury Riding in North Laurel, is being held without bond at the Howard County Detention Center. Mr. Moncarz, an unemployed accountant, is charged with first-degree murder, assault with intent to murder, assault and battery.

At a bond hearing in Ellicott City yesterday morning, Mr. Moncarz appeared hollow-eyed on video from the Detention Center. He stared into the camera and said nothing as his Rockville attorney, Paul B. DeWolfe, asked Judge James N. Vaughan to cancel the hearing for the day.

He said his client would decline a state-provided psychiatric exam and instead be evaluated privately.

The attorney refused to comment further as he left the court with unidentified family members of Mr. Moncarz.

Assistant State's Attorney Tom Rafter said later that Mr. Moncarz should remain behind bars. "Due to actions and statements he made to police," Mr. Moncarz is a "threat to public safety," the prosecutor said.

According to police, Ms. Dorman arrived at Mr. Moncarz's townhouse about 8 a.m. Monday and was stabbed several times in the chest and back. Mr. Moncarz reportedly called another woman, who phoned 911 and reported "a corpse" inside the man's home at 9:34 a.m.

Police found Ms. Dorman's body near the front door of the home. Mr. Moncarz was found upstairs in bloodstained clothing and told police he had killed his girlfriend, police said.

Police have not determined a motive for the killing.

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