Kansas murder trial, defense claims it was assisted suicide (Day 2)

Alex Schadenberg

Alex Schadenberg

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Yesterday I wrote about the first day of the Ronald Heskett trial in Eudora Kansas.

The case concerns the death of Vance Moulton (65), who was living with cerebral palsy. Moulton was allegedly murdered by Heskett, who was a care-giver. Heskett has been charged with first-degree murder, but he claims that the death was an assisted suicide.

According to the Lawrence Journal World news, day 2 of the trial focused on the defense, who claim that Heskett did not murder Moulton by asphyxiation. According to the news report:

Heskett said he called his boss to report Moulton had killed himself while Heskett was out running errands for him. Heskett told police that he arrived ... around 10 a.m. Sept. 12, 2014, and found Moulton dead of apparent asphyxiation ...
... Heskett told investigators of his daily routine with Moulton. At least four times a week, Heskett said he would tend to Moulton, cooking, dressing and bathing him. Each morning, Heskett said they’d watch the Top 40 Country Countdown together on TV and talk sports. Heskett said Moulton, a St. Louis Cardinals fan, would often kid Heskett about his baseball team, the Kansas City Royals. 
“We were pretty close,” Heskett said. “To me, he was like an older brother or an uncle or something.” 
But about six months prior to Moulton’s death, Heskett claimed, Moulton grew increasingly pessimistic, allegedly asking Heskett daily to “shoot him.” 
... “Every day he was upset about life.” 
Heskett claimed Moulton was especially irritated with his living arrangements ... that Moulton was angry with his landlord because Moulton felt the landlord caused a prior health care attendant to be fired. 

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