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An arrest warrant was issued for an ally of Jack Kevorkian for failing to appear in court Friday on a first-degree murder charge stemming from an assisted-suicide case, prosecutors said.

Michigan psychiatrist Dr. Georges Reding, 74, failed to appear for his arraignment on murder and other charges in the death of Donna Brennan, 54, a multiple sclerosis patient who died from an overdose of sedatives in August 1998.

"Our goal at this point in time is to have Dr. Reding honor the authority of the New Mexico courts and to appear in person in front of a New Mexico judge, and he will do that," Sandoval County District Attorney Mike Runnels said.

Reding was indicted last month, and Runnels said Reding would be jailed without bond if arrested.

Ms. Brennan had suffered for years from multiple sclerosis.

In 1996, Reding and Kevorkian, a Michigan pathologist, were charged together in connection with three assisted suicide deaths in Oakland County, Michigan. A prosecutor later dropped the charges saying there was insufficient evidence to proceed.

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