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Death by document?

A Missouri lawyer is facing first-degree murder charges in the death of her father. She allegedly used an unusual weapon: a forged document.

The Kansas City Star reports that Susan Van Note is accused of attacking her father and his girlfriend at his home in Lake of the Ozarks. The girlfriend died of gunshot and stabbing wounds.

The father, shot in the head, was taken to a Columbia hospital. Van Note showed up with a document giving her the power to make end-of-life decisions for her father. Doctors removed him from life support and he died.

Prosecutors charged that the father’s signature was a forgery.

Trial is scheduled for November of next year.

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