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Woman arrested in assisted suicide of WWII veteran via oxycontin-laced yogurt


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A woman is charged in the assisted suicide of WWII veteran Jack Koency, after allegedly serving the 86-year-old man a lethal dose of oxycontin crushed and mixed into yogurt.

Elizabeth Barrett, arrested Wednesday and currently held on $25,000 bail, faces a maximum sentence of three years in state prison if convicted, says the Orange County D.A.'s office.

She has no history of criminal activity, according to the homicide prosecutor, who told the OC Register the woman has never even had a traffic ticket.

Koency, who was living in Laguna Niguel at the time of his death, was not terminally ill, bedridden, or immobile, say officials. The two had been acquaintances for several years, but had not been in recent contact. They reportedly reconnected about a week before he died.

The veteran, who reportedly sent a letter to the California DMV shortly before his death to say thanks for giving him "the privilege of driving," had been "depressed, lonely and paranoid," says the OC Register.


Pinkberry scoop: Co-founder pleads not guilty to tire iron assault of homeless man

Pinkberry Co-founder Arrrested

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A Pinkberry store is seen in the Little Tokyo district of Los Angeles.

Pinkberry co-founder Young Lee, accused in the June tire iron beating of a homeless man near a 101 Freeway off-ramp, pleaded not guilty to felony assault in a Los Angeles courtroom on Monday.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Upinder Kalra granted Lee, who remains free on $60,000 bail, a one-time dispensation allowing him to travel to South Korea, reports the L.A. Times. Lee agreed to automatic extradition should he fail to make his next court date on March 5.

Lee has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon in connection with a summer 2011 attack on a transient, allegedly over a sexually explicit tattoo that may have been viewed as disrespectful, according to authorities.

Los Angeles police say words were exchanged between the man seeking money and Lee in a rented Range Rover.