Moncarz found insane when woman was slain Report goes to judge, who must accept or reject psychiatric evaluation

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 fatally 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 on which Moncarz is set to go to trial in the slaying of Barbara Susan Dorman, 36, the daughter of state Sen. Arthur Dorman.

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.

He will remain under the department's care until doctors decide that he presents no danger to society or to 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.

Moncarz, who has been in and out of mental hospitals throughout his life, has been at Perkins since February, DeWolfe said.

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 Moncarz wearing bloody clothes at his townhouse, Moncarz confessed to them that he had stabbed Dorman.

Dorman's body was found in the foyer of the house at 9518 Canterbury Riding in North Laurel. She had been stabbed in the back and the chest, the documents say.

The killing of Dorman's daughter shocked the Annapolis political community.

Dorman is a District 21 Democrat from Prince George's County who has served in the legislature for more than 30 years.

Moncarz was charged with first-degree murder, assault with intent to murder, assault and battery.

Pub Date: 8/22/96

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