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Posted at 8:09 PM ET, 09/26/2010

Suspect in Chevy Chase stabbing killed

By Lynda Robinson

A woman who had been sent to a Maryland mental hospital for the fatal stabbing of a Chevy Chase psychiatric social worker was found slain at the hospital on Sunday, Maryland state police said.

Susan Sachs, 45, who had been committed to Clifton T. Perkins state hospital in Jessup, was found about 8:30 a.m. Sunday in her bed, where she'd apparently been strangled, the state police said.

Another patient at the hospital, identified as El Soundani El-Wahhabi, 46, was being charged with first- and second-degree murder in Sachs’s death, police said. He was also known as Saladin Taylor, police said.

In 2004, Susan Lynn Sachs was indicted on a murder charge in connection with the killing of Joyce Hadl, 71. Hadl, who had been known for taking in boarders, was Sachs’s landlord.

Before she was killed, Hadl had called 911 to complain that Sachs was acting strangely and needed psychiatric help. In 2006, a judge accepted Sachs’s plea of “not criminally responsible."

Sachs, who had paranoid schizophrenia, was ordered to a maximum-security state psychiatric hospital, where she was to remain until mental health experts and a judge decided that she no longer posed a threat to herself or others.

State police said Sachs and the suspect both had rooms in the same hallway of a housing unit at Perkins.El-Wahhabi had also been committed to the hospital by a court as a result of a previous murder trial, police said.

--Martin Weil

By Lynda Robinson  | September 26, 2010; 8:09 PM ET
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Sounds like "maximum security" at Clifton Perkins isn't maximum enough.

Posted by: pundito | September 26, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

So what happens now to Mr. El-Wahhabi or (Taylor). Does he remain at the Hospital or does he get sent to a real prison?

Posted by: usc932000 | September 27, 2010 7:23 AM | Report abuse

Cool, she no longer poses a threat to herself or others now.

Posted by: nuke41 | September 27, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

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