Doctor found guilty of murder in abortion case

UPDATE: 4:39 p.m.

Philadelphia – A jury Monday found a Philadelphia abortion provider guilty of three counts of first-degree murder.

Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 72, was accused of killing babies by using scissors to cut their spinal cords. Authorities alleged that some of the infants were born alive and viable during the sixth, seventh and eighth months of pregnancy.

Monday’s first-degree murder conviction means Gosnell, who is not a board-certified obstetrician or gynecologist, could be sentenced to death.

PHILADELPHIA – May 13, 2013 (WPVI) — A verdict has been reached in the murder trial of Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell.

Gosnell, 72, is accused of killing a patient and four babies allegedly born alive and then killed with scissors at his clinic in a rundown West Philadelphia neighborhood.
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He also faces racketeering and conspiracy charges, and hundreds of counts alleging he performed illegal, third-trimester abortions or failed to counsel women.

It is not yet known when the verdict will be read.

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