FARIBAULT, Minn. (AP) - A former Minnesota nurse accused of going online and encouraging depressed people to kill themselves has been ordered to stay off the Internet while his criminal case is pending.
William Melchert-Dinkel made his first court appearance Tuesday in Rice County. The 47-year-old from Faribault is charged in two deaths - a woman from Canada and a man from Britain. Melchert-Dinkel has worked as a long-haul trucker since being stripped of his nursing license.
Judge Bernard Borene barred him from leaving the state except for work, and required him to sign a waiver of extradition in case he flees. Melchert-Dinkel didn't speak in court except to say he understood the charges. His next court date is June 29.