Doctors find suspect in slaying of lawmaker's daughter insane Report now goes to judge

trial set to begin Monday

August 22, 1996|By Caitlin Francke | Caitlin Francke,SUN STAFF

Gary Charles Moncarz was insane when his girlfriend -- the daughter of a longtime Maryland lawmaker -- was stabbed in February, Moncarz's attorney said, citing a state psychiatric report.

Paul B. DeWolfe said the evaluation by psychiatrists at the Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center in Jessup will be presented to Howard County Circuit Judge Dennis M. Sweeney on Monday -- the day Moncarz is to go to trial in the slaying of Barbara Susan Dorman, 36, the daughter of state Sen. Arthur Dorman of Prince George's County.

Sweeney will decide whether to accept the finding that Moncarz was mentally ill.

If the judge rules that Moncarz was not criminally responsible, Moncarz will be committed to the Department of Mental Health and Hygiene until doctors decide he presents no danger to society or himself, DeWolfe said.

The findings are unlikely to be challenged in court because the evaluation was conducted by state psychiatrists.

"Everyone agrees he was in a psychotic state," DeWolfe said. "He was clearly psychotic at the time of the incident, without a doubt."

Assistant State's Attorney Michael Rexroad declined to comment.

A woman called police Feb. 12, telling them that Moncarz had told her he "had a corpse" inside his home, according to charging documents in the case.

After police found him wearing bloody clothes at his North Laurel townhouse, Moncarz confessed to them that he stabbed Dorman.

Moncarz was charged with first-degree murder, assault with intent to murder, assault and battery. He pleaded not guilty and not criminally responsible in March.

Pub Date: 8/22/96

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