A husband who held a gun to the head of his terminally ill wife so that she could shoot herself in an assisted suicide was charged with manslaughter.
Kevin Conners, 65, helped his wife Lori kill himself last September at their home in Westbrook, Connecticut.
Lori fought cancer, underwent chemotherapy and also had Lyme disease.
She no longer wanted to live and had investigated going to Vermont, where assisted suicide was legal to end her life, but realized that because she was not a resident, it would not be an option.
On September 6, a retired official from the Corrections Department, Conners stabilized the gun while sleeping while in bed because she was so weak that she could not keep it alone.
Kevin Conners, 65 years old, helped his 42-year-old wife, Lori (whom she had seen together on a family vacation years before her death) died in September after years of fighting for cancer. He has been charged with manslaughter
Lori, a mother of four, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer a year before she died. It spread to her liver, abdomen, and kidney, and since she also had Lyme disease, her cancer treatments were particularly unbearable
When she pulled the trigger, he called 911 and claimed that she had shot herself and that he woke up with the sound of a shot.
When the police questioned him further, he admitted that she had helped her.
On Thursday, Conners handed him murder attacks in a second degree. He received a $ 50,000 bond and is expected to appear in court on Friday.
Lori had written 16 notes explaining her decision before she died.
In them she told how much she loved her husband, their children, how deeply she was religious, but that she did not want to live, according to The Hartford Courant.
On the night of her death, she lay in bed and asked her husband to help her.
She had once only committed suicide and had not been successful.
The cancer started in her ovaries in 2017 and then spread to her liver, colon and abdomen.
It was particularly painful for her because her persistent Lyme disease did not agree with the cancer treatment she received.
As a result, she was in constant agony. She was so weak by the time she died, her husband said she couldn't even bring the power to cry.
Conners said that after an unsuccessful attempt to take her own life, Lori feared for the first time that she would be institutionalized.
On September 6, Kevin helped his wife to bed and strengthened the gun in her sleep. She was afraid that, because she was so weak, she couldn't hold it back and shudder. He held it and she pulled the trigger. They are shown years earlier
Conners must appear in court on Friday.
The case has now raised the question of whether or not assisted suicide should be legal throughout the country.
In her death announcement, Lori was described as a loving and beloved four-mother.
Lori Hedges Conners, 61, from Westbrook, CT, joined the Lord on September 6, 2018 after a hard-fought battle with cancer.
& # 39; Her last days were spent with her loved ones by her side, and as anyone who knows her would expect, this is all she wanted, not just during this time but throughout her life, because her family was her source of true joy and satisfaction.
& # 39; She will be missed a lot, and we will regret the loss for a long time.
& # 39; However, we can find comfort in the realization that her suffering no longer exists. She is finally free from her illness and with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
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