NEW YORK (AP) — A New York appeals court has ordered a new trial for a man convicted of murder after claiming he was only helping a stranger commit suicide.
The court said Thursday the judge at the trial of Kenneth Minor confused the jury by limiting the definition of assisted suicide, which is illegal in New York. Minor is serving a sentence of 20 years to life for the death of motivational speaker Jeffrey Locker in 2009.
Minor told police Locker approached him on a Manhattan street and asked for help in staging his death so it would look like a robbery and his family could collect life insurance. Minor said he held a knife while Locker repeatedly lunged into it.