Two men charged in the slaying of a 71-year-old Montgomery County woman were ordered held without bond yesterday by a District Court judge, and Maryland's medical examiner ruled that the victim died from stabbing wounds and blunt-force trauma.
Joyce Hadl, a private social worker known for taking boarders into her home near Chevy Chase, died between Aug. 18 and Aug. 20, police said. Family members reported her missing Aug. 18, and her body was discovered Wednesday buried beneath a shed in the Carroll County community of Westminster.
Roger M. Greenberg, 62, told Judge Thomas L. Craven yesterday via a video uplink from the Montgomery jail: "I had nothing to do with the crime whatsoever." Greenberg is charged with first-degree murder.
David G. Kaufman, 36, who is charged as an accessory after the fact, did not speak during the brief hearing yesterday. Joel Kaufman, his father, told the court that Kaufman "has a good job record."
Both men are accused of helping Susan Lynn Sachs, 39, kill Hadl. Sachs was charged Monday with first-degree murder. Police say witnesses told them that Sachs and Greenberg loaded garbage bags that appeared to be full into a blue Ford Crown Victoria in front of Hadl's house about 3:30 a.m. Saturday.
Kaufman allegedly was paid $250 to haul the victim's body in a pickup truck to the farm he shares with his father in Westminster. Kaufman buried the body there beneath a shed, police said.
Maryland's medical examiner confirmed yesterday that the body found Wednesday is Hadl's. Police could not immediately identify the body after they dug it up.
Sachs is being held without bond in the Montgomery jail.
Sachs had been living at Hadl's house, which was known in her Washington Avenue neighborhood as a home for itinerants, students and others in need of temporary housing. Some of those who lived at Hadl's house appeared to be down on their luck, neighbors said.
Sachs had lived at Hadl's house about three years ago but left, said John Hadl, the victim's son. At that time, Sachs was in a relationship with Greenberg, and Joyce Hadl had banned Greenberg from the house, John Hadl said.
Sachs started living at Joyce Hadl's house again in recent months. Family members and friends said Sachs and Hadl appeared to be getting along until recent weeks when, Hadl's friends say, Sachs started threatening and insulting Hadl.
Police were called to Hadl's home Aug. 16 and found Hadl and Sachs arguing. Hadl told police that Sachs was "in need of psychiatric help," according to court documents, and said she wanted Sachs evicted. Police departed after saying they had no legal power to remove Sachs, court documents state.
Two days later, Hadl's cousin called police to report that she had missed several appointments and was not returning calls.
Staff researcher Bobbye Pratt contributed to this report.