Jurors put emotions aside, find man guilty of assisting in girlfriend’s suicide

By Paul Hammel / World-Herald staff writer

In the end, it was about the law, not “agape” love or whether a Weeping Water man was justified in assisting the suicide of a girlfriend who insisted, falsely it turns out, that she was about to die from cancer.

On Friday, after hearing more than two days of testimony , a jury took less than three hours to find Matthew Stubbendieck guilty of assisting in the suicide of his girlfriend last summer.

Stubbendieck, 42, betrayed no emotion as the verdict was read or when he exited the courtroom.

He now faces up to two years in prison