Tenn. man faces rare assisted suicide charge

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) -- A former Tennessee firefighter faces a rare charge of illegal assisted suicide, as well as first-degree murder, in the August 2009 death of his wife.

Timothy Michael Hicks was indicted by a Rutherford County grand jury last week in the death of 38-year-old Carla Forbes-Hicks, whose body was found half-clothed and half wrapped in plastic in the woods in Wilson County.

Prosecutors told The Tennessean they could not recall a time when the state's anti-assisted suicide laws have been invoked in a criminal case.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Kristin Helm said Forbes-Hicks had been under psychiatric care and investigators believe Hicks gave her pills that caused her death, whether she wanted to die or not.

A spokesman at the Rutherford County jail said it had no listing for a lawyer for Hicks.

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