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Published May 14 2012

Minnesota grand jury indicts right-to-die group

HASTINGS, Minn. – A Minnesota grand jury has indicted a national right-to-die group and several members for their actions in the 2007 suicide of a suburban Minneapolis woman.

The 17-count indictment unsealed Monday charges the medical director of Final Exit Network, Lawrence Egbert of Baltimore, and three other officials with felony counts of assisting suicide and interference with a death scene, a gross misdemeanor. It also charged the New Jersey-based group in its corporate capacity.

Dakota County prosecutor James Backstrom said the investigation is an effort to bring to justice a group that helped Doreen Dunn of Apple Valley take her own life in May of 2007.

Dunn was 57 and had suffered through a decade of intense, chronic pain when she used helium and a plastic bag to kill herself.