State mental hospital patient accused of killing another patient

A patient at the Clifton T. Perkins mental hospital in Jessup is being charged with murder after another patient was found dead in her room Sunday morning with a string tied around her neck, state police investigators said.

Maryland State Police are expected to charge El Soundani El-Wahhabi, also known as Saladin Taylor, in the death of Susan Sachs, 45, also a patient at Perkins.

Sachs was found face down in her bed about 8:30 a.m. by a nurse who went to check on her after she didn't show up for breakfast. Doctors at the hospital determined that she was dead.

State police investigators arrested El-Wahhabi after a daylong investigation that included dozens of interviews.

El-Wahhabi and Sachs had rooms in the same hallway at the hospital, investigators said. Both had been admitted to the hospital in connection with previous murders.

Police did not have a motive for the killing.

El-Wahhabi, who police said was 46 but who court records indicate is 50, was to be charged with second-degree murder. He is expected to appear before a court commissioner this evening for a bond hearing.

Sachs' body was transported to the medical examiner's office in Baltimore for an autopsy.

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