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Appeals court overturns guilty verdict in case of ALS patient's death

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A California appeals court has overturned the verdict in an involuntary manslaughter case that involved the death of a Solvang woman who had ALS.

In 2016, Wanda Nelson was acquitted of first and second-degree murder but convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Heidi Good.

Good, who had ALS, died at her Solvang home in March 2013 when her ventilator failed. Nelson was her caregiver but was reportedly at the store when the ventilator malfunctioned.

Nelson and Heidi's 89-year-old mother, Marjorie Good, were both charged in connection with Heidi's death.

Prosecutors argued the two conspired to kill Heidi for financial gain, but Marjorie Good claimed she was outside when the ventilator alarm sounded and she did not hear it.

The jury in Marjorie Good's case deadlocked on a verdict and the judge declared a mistrial. Prosecutors decided not to seek another trial.

The Second Appellate District Court ruled Tuesday that Nelson was not negligent by leaving Heidi in her mother's care and reversed her conviction.

Wanda Nelson appears in a Santa Maria courtroom in 2016. (KSBY photo)

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