Woman, 65, charged with assisting suicide
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.