NEW YORK — A New York City man who said he helped a debt-ridden motivational speaker kill himself has been convicted of murder.

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Jurors delivered their verdict Thursday in Kenneth Minor’s trial. The case raised questions about the legal limits of assisted suicide in the unusual context of a stabbing involving total strangers.

Self-help author and business coach Jeffrey Locker was found dead in his car in July 2009.

Both prosecutors and Minor say Locker offered to pay to be killed in an apparent robbery, so his family could collect millions of dollars in life insurance. Locker’s family has declined to comment.

Prosecutors say Minor murdered Locker by stabbing him. Minor says he just held a knife while Locker lunged into it.


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