Kansas murder trial, defense claims it was assisted suicide (Day 4)

Alex Schadenberg

Alex Schadenberg

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Three days ago I wrote about the first day of the Heskett murder trial and two days ago I wrote about the second day and yesterday I wrote about the third day of the trial in Eudora Kansas. The trial will continue on Monday.

The trial concerns the death of Vance Moulton (65), who was living with cerebral palsy. Moulton was allegedly murdered by Ronald Eugene Heskett (49), who was his care-giver. Heskett has been charged with first-degree murder, but he claims that the death was an assisted suicide.

The fourth day of the trial focused on the discussion between Heskett and fellow care-giver Scott Criqui. The Lawrence Journal-World news reported that:

Heskett called Criqui a short time later to report that he’d found Moulton in his apartment with a towel around his neck, dead of an apparent suicide by asphyxiation.  
... During Heskett’s short visit at Trinity, Heskett told Criqui that Moulton was suicidal, Criqui said. 
“(Heskett) brought up in a humorous fashion that Van wanted Ron to shoot him,” Criqui testified. 
Criqui said that he had never before heard of Moulton having suicidal tendencies, and if he had, appropriate action would be taken to have Moulton assessed for mental health issues. In a recorded police interview shown to jurors earlier this week, Heskett was seen telling investigators that he had told Criqui prior to Sept. 12, 2014, of Moulton’s suicidal comments. 
Criqui said he grew concerned hearing the light-hearted mention of Moulton’s suicidal comments,

The Lawrence Journal-world news continue by reporting on the prosecutions claim that Heskett killed Moulton based on financial gain.

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