June 17, 1999
Web posted at: 8:13 AM EDT (1213 GMT)
DETROIT (AP) -- Prosecutors in New Mexico are seeking an indictment against an associated of Jack Kevorkian who allegedly helped a woman suffering from multiple sclerosis commit suicide.
A grand jury will meet next month to consider assisted suicide charges
against Dr. Georges Reding, a 74-year-old Kalamazoo County
psychiatrist. Assisted suicide is a felony in New Mexico under a 1963 law and is punishable by 18 months in prison.
"Were going to go to the grand jury seeking an indictment," said Mike Runnels, district attorney for the 13th judicial district of New Mexico. "But I don't expect he would ever get any jail time at his age."
Donna Breeding, 54, of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, died last August. An autopsy showed she was given a lethal dose of a sedative sometimes used on animals.
An attorney for Reding said that Breeding had contacted the psychiatrist for counseling.
"There is no evidence and no admission that Dr. Reding helped (Ms. Breeding) end her life," Michael Schwartz told The Detroit News. "It would be a foolish waste of time to seek an indictment of Georges Reding."
Reding is an advocate of assisted suicide and has gone to court to help
two terminally ill people end their lives. Kevorkian has been
imprisoned since April for a second-degree murder conviction.