The family of an Englishman who committed suicide after getting online advice from an ex-nurse in Minnesota is welcoming his conviction for violating a state law against assisting suicide. Elaine Drybrough says in an email to The Associated Press that she and her husband are grateful to everyone involved in prosecuting William Melchert-Dinkel, of Faribault.
Prosecutors in Minnesota argued Friday that a former nurse should be convicted of assisting suicide for sending emails and other online communications in which he urged two people to kill themselves and gave them information on how to do it.
Freedom of speech is no defense for a former nurse who engaged in “lethal advocacy” when he encouraged an English man and Canadian woman to kill themselves after searching for depressed people over the Internet, a Minnesota judge said in delivering a guilty verdict against the man.
Two mothers are welcoming the guilty verdicts against a Minnesota ex-nurse accused of seeking depressed people online and encouraging two people to kill themselves.
A Minnesota man accused of seeking depressed people online and encouraging two to kill themselves has been found guilty of aiding the suicides of an English man and Canadian woman.