MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A national right-to-die group faces trial in Minnesota for allegedly assisting in the suicide of a 57-year-old woman who died in 2007 after years of suffering with chronic pain.
Opening statements in the trial against Final Exit Network, Inc., are scheduled to begin Monday.
The group and some of its members were indicted in 2012 in connection with the 2007 death of Doreen Dunn. Her death was initially ruled natural, but records show Dunn had joined the right-to-die group earlier that year and two group members were in Minnesota the day she died.
To convict Final Exit Network, the state must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Dunn took her own life and that Final Exit Network intentionally assisted Dunn through either physical conduct or speech.