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Doctor, 90, accused in mercy killing of wife dies

October 7, 2009 |  1:23 pm
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The 90-year-old doctor who was accused last month in a mercy killing for his terminally ill wife before turning the gun on himself has died of his injuries.

As a result, the Orange County district attorney's office has dismissed the case, officials announced today.

Authorities alleged that James Fish gave his 88-year-old wife, Phyllis, morphine before opening fire at their home in the Laguna Woods retirement community. 

The district attorney's office had charged Fish with voluntary manslaughter.

He died Tuesday at an Orange County hospital.

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: Phyllis Fish. Credit: Los Angeles Times

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