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Woman Charged With Assisting Suicide Of WWII Vet

A California woman has been charged with illegally assisting the suicide of an 86-year-old World War II veteran by giving him yogurt mixed with a lethal dose of Oxycontin.

Elizabeth Barrett, 65, of Laguna Woods, Calif., was arrested Wednesday and charged with the assisted suicide of Jack Koency after surveillance footage recorded her mixing a deadly dose of drugs into his yogurt shortly before he died.

Barrett, a social worker and friend of Koency's, could face up to three years in prison if convicted.

Koency, who investigators say was "healthy," was found dead in his home in September. Police say "the scene was suspicious" and later found a motion-activated camera in Koency's home that revealed Barrett mixing the concoction, ABC News reported.

Autopsy results found that Koency died from the combined effects of the drugs Oxycodone, fluoxetine and alprazolam, said Jim Amormino, spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department, according to the Orange County Register.

"It appears throughout our investigation that he wanted to die and she assisted him," Amormino told ABC News, adding that the motive for Barrett to help Koency is unknown.

Barrett's attorney is saying that his client was merely trying to help an elderly friend take his prescribed medication and was unaware that he wanted to die, the Register reported.

"There is a significant difference between helping a friend take his medication and helping someone commit suicide," Barrett's attorney David Borsari told the Register. "We are very adamant that the decedent never indicated in any way that he wanted to die."

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