Jury hears rancher tell police she let pigs feed on bodies

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) – The jury in the murder trial of a southern Oregon woman has listened to a recording of her interview with police, in which she admits shooting two men and acknowledges that her pigs fed on the bodies.

Susan Monica went on trial Tuesday in Medford on charges she killed two handymen living on her pig ranch in a small Jackson County community and dismembered the bodies. The men died in separate years.

In opening statements, defense lawyer Garren Pedemonte said Monica shot the first victim in self-defense, and the second as a kind of mercy killing.

Police searched her pig ranch after Monica was discovered using a food stamps card belonging to one of the victims, and found remains of the two men.

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