Charges In Yogurt Assisted Suicide

Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 2:51pm

Camera captured woman mixing lethal cocktail for WWII vet.

A California woman is accused of concocting a deadly mix of Oxycontin and yogurt to help an 86-year-old WWII veteran take his own life, according to prosecutors.

Elizabeth Barrett, 66, was arrested Wednesday and charged with one felony count of assisted suicide.

Prosecutors allege that Barrett met the victim, Jack Koency of Laguna Niguel, years ago, but after a falling apart, the pair reconnected about a week before Koency's death.

On September 30th Barrett allegedly drove Koency to the Neptune Society so that he could make his own funeral arrangements, according to the Orange County District Attorney's office.

The defendant then allegedly purchased yogurt, brandy and heartburn medication, according to the District Attorney.

The pair returned to Koency's apartment where she allegedly crushed up a lethal dose of Oxycontin and mixed it with the yogurt, according to the OCDA.

Prosecutors allege that Barrett waited for a while and then called 911 to report she discovered Koency's body.

"All indications were he wanted to end his life, and she was more than willing to help him," prosecutor Ebrahim Baytieh said.

Barrett lives in Laguna Woods, where neighbors describe her as a mysterious woman.

"Very lively, energetic," neighbor Terry O'Brian said. "She's tried to tell me a lot of business deals she's into--she's publishing a book, she hopes it's going to be made into a movie, she works with handicapped people."

Barrett is being held on $25,000 bail and faces three years in prison if convicted.

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