Man who killed senator's daughter is ruled not criminally responsible

August 27, 1996|By Caitlin Francke | Caitlin Francke,SUN STAFF

The man who stabbed the daughter of state Sen. Arthur Dorman 16 times in February did not know right from wrong at the time, making him guilty of the crime but not criminally responsible, a Howard County circuit judge ruled yesterday.

Gary C. Moncarz was found guilty of murdering Barbara Susan Dorman -- his girlfriend of about one year -- but Judge Dennis M. Sweeney ruled that Moncarz suffered from a severe mental illness that prevented him from understanding his actions.

Moncarz, a 42-year-old former accountant, was remanded to the custody of the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene until he is deemed no longer a danger to society or to himself.

Dorman's family filled half the courtroom and her mother wept as prosecutors read an account of what happened the morning Dorman, 36, an office manager at a mental health care group, stopped by out of concern that Moncarz was not taking his medication.

Friends of the family and state legislators said they hoped Moncarz -- who has been in nine psychiatric hospitals in the past 13 years -- would stay institutionalized for the rest of his life.

"I just hope [the insanity defense] is not used as a tool somewhere in the near future and he's back out in the community again," said Sen. Leo E. Green, a Prince George's Democrat.

Howard State's Attorney Marna McLendon said psychiatrists will determine when Moncarz can be released but that he likely will spend a long time in an institutional. He would have to pass several internal hearings before he could be released, and then the court would have to authorize it.

Pub Date: 8/27/96

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