Woman, 65, charged with as­sist­ing sui­cide

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SANTA ANA | A 65-year-old woman was ar­rested Wed­nes­day on a felony charge con­tend­ing she helped a friend kill him­self last year by mix­ing a lethal drug dose in his yogurt.

El­iz­a­beth Bar­rett was taken into cus­tody at her home in a La­guna Hills re­tire­ment com­mu­nity and re­mained jailed on $25,000 bail. It was not im­me­di­ately clear whether she had ob­tained a lawyer.

Prose­cu­tors charged her with il­le­gally as­sist­ing in the sui­cide of 86year-old Jack Koency. She could face three years in prison if con­victed.

Koency, who also lived in the re­tire­ment com­mu­nity, died on Sept. 30. The mo­tive for Koency’s sui­cide was not im­me­di­ately re­leased.

“He was not ter­mi­nally ill, bedrid­den or im­mo­bile,” the dis­trict at­tor­ney’s of­fice said in a news re­lease.

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