Murder Defense: I Was Helping Him Commit Suicide

by The Center for Bioethics and Culture on September 15, 2010

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC

A murder suspect has defended his actions as suicide assistance. From the story in the Seattle Times:

A man arrested Monday in connection with the slaying of another man claims he merely helped the victim commit suicide, according to a Seattle police report…The 32-year-old suspect had a “ligature that appeared to be consistent with the victim’s wounds,” according to the report, which did not describe the ligature. The man told police that he used it to strangle the victim because he “wanted to commit suicide and asked for help,” police said.

Gosh, what in the world would possibly give him that idea for an alibi? Maybe he should be charged instead with practicing medicine without a license.

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