Nebraska Supreme Court Rejects Appeal In Assisted Suicide Case

The Nebraska Supreme Court has upheld the conviction and sentence of a Weeping Water man who assisted in his girlfriend's suicide.

In June of 2018, Matthew Stubbendieck was sentenced to 25 days in jail and 4 years probation, with a long list of conditions in connection with the death of Alicia Wilemon-Sullivan. Her body was found in a wooded area near Weeping Water in early August of 2017.

A Cass County jury found Stubbendieck guilty of assisted suicide.

In the course of the investigation Stubbendieck told deputies that Alicia suffered from Stage 4 cancer and had said she, "couldn't live another minute." Autopsy results and medical records ultimately showed no signs of cancer.

In his appeal Stubbendieck argued there was insufficient evidence to support a conviction and argued that the court was in error to admit certain evidence, including text messages that were irrelevant and unfairly prejudicial.

On Friday, the Supreme Court rejected his arguments allowing the conviction and sentence to stand.


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