N. Laurel man charged in slaying of Maryland legislator's daughter Barbara Dorman, girlfriend of suspect, stabbed at his home


A North Laurel man was charged yesterday with fatally stabbing his girlfriend -- the daughter of a longtime Maryland lawmaker -- after police found him wearing bloody clothes in his townhouse, where her body was found.

Gary Charles Moncarz, 41, of the 9500 block of Canterbury Riding was being held without bond at the Howard County Detention Center yesterday. He was charged with first-degree murder, assault with intent to murder, assault and battery.

The body of Barbara Susan Dorman, 36, of the 9100 block of Hitching Post Lane in North Laurel was identified at the scene.

She was the daughter of state Sen. Arthur Dorman, a 21st District Democrat from Prince George's County who has served in the legislature for 30 years.

Senator Dorman, visibly distraught as a friend delivered food to his Beltsville home last night, told a reporter: "I have no comment right now. I haven't received the police report."

His colleagues in Annapolis were stunned by the news. Senate Majority Leader Clarence W. Blount, a Baltimore Democrat, said: "It's a tragedy. I feel for the family. I just don't know where we've lost people in the past two generations."

"The Senate of Maryland is just grief-stricken," said Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., a Prince George's Democrat. "We got to watch this young lady grow up."

The Dorman family was remembered in a prayer when the Senate met in session last night and again as it adjourned.

Police had few details about the circumstances leading to the killing and did not know a motive.

A police spokesman said officers found no sign of a struggle.

Ms. Dorman had arrived at the townhouse minutes after 8 a.m. yesterday, according to police and neighbors who saw her gold-colored Dodge Shadow outside.

Mr. Moncarz's next-door neighbor John Holmes, 22, said he heard yelling from Mr. Moncarz's home after 8 a.m., "but I didn't think anything of it."

At 9:34 a.m., a female caller -- police did not identify her -- phoned 911 and told police that Mr. Moncarz had "a corpse" inside his house.

Officers arriving at the house found a dead woman near the front door with several stab wounds in her back and chest.

On the second floor of the home, officers found Mr. Moncarz in blood-stained clothing.

Police took Mr. Moncarz to Howard County police headquarters in Ellicott City for questioning and charged him hours later.

Though police said they were unsure exactly what led to Ms. Dorman's death, it was not the first time they responded to the North Laurel address for trouble.

About 1 a.m. Oct. 26, officers were called during an argument between Mr. Moncarz and Ms. Dorman.

That afternoon, about 2:30 p.m., officers arrived at the home a second time so Ms. Dorman could enter and retrieve some belongings from inside.

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