4 Indicted in assisted suicide of Phoenix woman

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PHOENIX -- Authorities say four people have been indicted in connection with the assisted suicide of a Phoenix woman.

According to a document from the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, Frank Langsner and Wye Hale-Rowe were indicted Thursday on charges of manslaughter and conspiracy to commit manslaughter while Dr. Larry Egbert and Roberta Massey were also indicted for conspiracy to commit manslaughter.

Authorities say the four were part of a right to die organization called Final Exit Network, which is currently under investigation by the FBI, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and police agencies in Arizona and seven other states.

The County Attorney's Office believes Jana Van Voorhis placed a plastic hood over her head that was hooked up to helium tanks in April 2007.

Prosecutors accuse Langsner and Hale-Rowe of showing Van Voorhis how to use the hood and tank.

County Attorney Andrew Thomas says Van Voorhis was not terminally ill at the time of her death.

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