NEW YORK (AP) — An appeals court has ordered a new trial for a man who was convicted of murder after claiming he had only helped a stranger commit suicide.
The court says the trial judge confused the jury by limiting the definition of assisted suicide.
The defendant, Kenneth Minor, was sentenced in 2011 to 20 years to life.
He told police that Jeffrey Locker approached him on a Manhattan street and asked for help in staging his death so it would look like a robbery. That way his family could collect life insurance.
Minor said he held a knife while Locker repeatedly lunged into it.
The judge told the jury that if Minor "actively" caused Locker's death, even with Locker's consent, it wasn't assisted suicide.
The appeals court said that's not the law.