PLATTSMOUTH, Neb. — A trial starts Wednesday for a man accused of helping his girlfriend commit suicide in Cass County.

The case involves a woman from Florida who came to Nebraska allegedly with the intention of ending her life. Alicia Wilemon-Sullivan flew to Omaha on July 31. She died in a wooded area near Weeping Water.

Authorities determined that her wounds were consistent with self-cutting, but her body was too badly decomposed to determine the role Matthew Stubbendieck played.

Stubbendieck, a Weeping Water native, had moved to Florida and was dating Wilemon-Sullivan. He told authorities that she had terminal cancer, that she wanted to end her life and that he helped her by taking her to a secluded spot near his hometown and staying with her as she died.

An autopsy revealed no tumors or masses.

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