MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Jurors spent only about an hour deliberating Tuesday before convicting an Oregon woman of killing two handymen and feeding their corpses to her pigs.
The Medford Mail Tribune reported (http://is.gd/Ltq4ap ) the Jackson County jury found Susan Monica guilty Tuesday of murdering two men about a year apart, then abusing their corpses by feeding them to the animals at her farm.
Circuit Judge Tim Barnack immediately sentenced Monica to a minimum 50 years in prison.
Prosecutors said 59-year-old Stephen Delicino was killed in 2012 and 56-year-old Robert Haney died in 2013.
Earlier, witness Jordan “Janae” Farris testified that Monica signed a birthday card in jail with this phrase: “from the sweetest murderer in Jackson County.”
“I got chills from the birthday card,” said the 23-year-old inmate, who is serving time for violating probation from a burglary conviction and met Monica in the Jackson County Jail.
Monica told investigators she shot Delicino in self-defense and said he was eaten by her pigs before she buried his remains on her 20-acre farm.She told investigators Haney disappeared in the summer of 2013. She said she came on him a month later as pigs were disemboweling him, and she shot him to ease his suffering. She later questioned whether he was alive when she shot him.
Defense attorney Garren Pedemonte has argued there’s no concrete evidence to rebut Monica’s claims that she shot Delicino in self-defense or to show that Haney was actually alive when Monica shot him. His remains were found in plastic bags in her barn.