ROCHESTER – The Minnesota Court of Appeals is once again considering the case of a former nurse who admitted going online and encouraging two people to kill themselves.
William Melchert-Dinkel, of Faribault, served nearly six months in jail and has been free for about eight months.
The legal case has spanned many years, two trials and previous appeals that narrowed Minnesota’s law against assisting suicides.
On Thursday, the appeals court heard oral arguments in Rochester on Melchert-Dinkel’s 2014 conviction for assisting the suicide of a British man in 2005 and attempting to assist the suicide of a Canadian woman who killed herself in 2008.
The Rochester Post-Bulletin reported that his defense attorney, Terry Watkins, says the legal issues are too big to let go.
A ruling is expected within 90 days.