Assisted suicide defense to "cover up" alleged murder in Ontario

Art Lane

Art Lane

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

A Brockville nurse who has been accused of killing her terminally ill husband could have been "covered up" if assisted suicide was legal.

The trial of Nancy Lane in the alleged murder of her husband Art Lane began yesterday in Ottawa. Nancy, a nurse and a former member of the Brockville town council, allegedly intentionally overdosed her husband, after returning from the Dominican Republic, where she was visiting her alleged lover. She is accused of killing her husband in order to collect his life insurance.

The Ottawa Sun reported Crown prosecutor Robert Morrison as stating:

By 2008 she had taken a lover half her age in the Dominican Republic. 
She was besotted with him, writing to one friend on the eve of a visit that "in a few days I will be in heaven." 
A forensic accountant will testify that the Lane finances had reached "complete desperation" in 2009 and "financial armageddon" in the months before Art Lane's death, 
Art Lane had a $200,000 life insurance plan and she was the sole beneficiary. What's more, if he went into the light she would be able to collect on his pension. 
On Oct. 6, 2009 she returned from the Dominican. Art Lane picked her up in Montreal.
Two days later his son looked in and found him frail and failing, drinking water from a backyard pool. 
Art Lane had grown unresponsive. He was drenched in sweat and barely breathing. She didn't call 911. She did laundry.

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