Supreme Court to hear suicide case

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Oct 19, 2012 at 6:26 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KNSI) The Minnesota Supreme Court has agreed to hear the appeal of a former nurse convicted of searching out suicidal people in online chat rooms and encouraging them to kill themselves.

William Melchert-Dinkel of Faribault was convicted in 2011 of two counts of aiding suicide.

The Minnesota Court of Appeals in July rejected his argument that he was merely practicing free speech.

In an order Tuesday, the state Supreme Court agreed to review the case. A date for oral arguments has not been set.

Melchert-Dinkel was convicted in the deaths of a 32-year-old English man and an 18-year-old Canadian woman in 2008.

Melchert-Dinkel faces about a year in jail unless his conviction is overturned.

He remains free pending appeal.

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