Jury set to reconvene in assisted suicide case

Published 9:19 am Thursday, May 14, 2015

HASTINGS — A jury in Minnesota will resume deliberations in the case against a national right-to-die group accused of assisting in a 2007 suicide.

Final Exit Network Inc. is charged with one felony count of assisting the suicide of 57-year-old Doreen Dunn of Apple Valley. The group is also charged with interfering with a death scene.

Jurors had the case for about a half-hour on Wednesday. They are scheduled to return today to the Dakota County Courthouse to continue deliberations.

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To convict the group, jurors must find that Dunn took her life with Final Exit Network’s help. In Minnesota, speech can be considered help if it’s aimed at giving a specific person instructions on how to end his or her life. If convicted, the group faces a maximum $33,000 fine.