MARYLAND BRIEFING

MARYLAND BRIEFING

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

Tenant Charged After Missing Man's Body Found

Montgomery County police yesterday found the body of an 83-year-old Rockville man reported missing last week and charged his tenant with first-degree murder.

William Brewer King's body was in the laundry room of his house, in the 1700 block of Grandin Avenue.

Suspect Kirk M. Wilkerson, 41, rented a room at the house, said Lt. Eric Burnett, a police spokesman. Detectives believe the men fought over money, Burnett said.

A neighbor who last saw King on March 19 contacted police Thursday to report him missing, police said. Officers found the body when they stopped by to follow up on the missing-person investigation, Burnett said.

-- Ernesto LondoƱo

Mentally Ill Woman Won't Be Tried for '04 Slaying

Susan L. Sachs, who was charged with fatally stabbing her 71-year-old landlady in Chevy Chase in August 2004, won't stand trial.

Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Louise G. Scrivener accepted her "not criminally responsible" plea during a hearing Monday.

Sachs, who has paranoid schizophrenia, was remanded to a maximum-security state psychiatric hospital, where she will remain until mental health experts and a judge decide that she no longer poses a threat to herself or others.

Sachs, 40, is accused of stabbing Joyce Hadl while Hadl slept. Two men whom Sachs enlisted to help her hide the body pleaded guilty and are serving their sentences.


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