MEDFORD, Ore. — The Wimer woman accused of killing two people at her home is saying she’s innocent, and now she is giving us firsthand details about how she knew the victims.
Susan Monica called NewsWatch 12 from inside the Jackson County Jail, in an attempt, she said, to get public support. Monica has been in the jail since early January, when she was arrested for killing two people on her property in Wimer. One victim was 56-year-old Robert Haney, and the second victim has not been identified. Monica is also charged with two counts of abuse of a corpse.
Monica’s answers changed repeatedly during the conversation about whether she killed Haney and the second victim. At first, she claimed she did not murder them, or dismember their bodies, as she is accused of doing. Later, she said she killed the still-unidentified victim in self-defense but would not explain any specific details about how that person died. She also claimed to not know how Haney’s body ended up at her home.
“It was self-defense, that’s all I’m going to say,” Monica said about the unidentified victim’s death. “As far as the other case [Haney], I have no idea how he got on the property.”
Monica said she didn’t remember how she met Haney, but said he lived on her property for a short time and did odd jobs for her. Investigators are accusing Monica of stealing Haney’s identity and using his Oregon Trails Card. Monica claims Haney loaned her the card to buy food.
“He gave the card to me, and I was using it to feed other people,” she said.
NewsWatch 12 asked Monica if she continued to use the card after Haney died, but she would not answer.
“I can’t get into that,” she said.
Monica’s attorney, Christine Herbert, previously told NewsWatch 12 that Monica’s attempts to make public comments may harm her case. When pressed for details on what happened, Monica deferred to her attorney.
“My lawyer says don’t say anything,” Monica said.