Abortion Doc Found Guilty of 3 Counts Murder

Now faces the death penalty
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2013 12:23 PM CDT
Updated May 13, 2013 2:46 PM CDT
In this March 8, 2010 file photo, Dr. Kermit Gosnell speaks to his attorney in Philadelphia.   (AP Photo/Philadelphia Daily News, Yong Kim)
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(Newser) – Abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell has been found guilty of three counts of first-degree murder for killing babies born alive during abortions by cutting their spinal cords, the Washington Post reports. He was also found guilty of 21 counts of performing abortions past 24 weeks of pregnancy, and the involuntary manslaughter of a patient who died of anesthetic overdose during an abortion, reports CNN. Gosnell was acquitted of one first-degree murder charge of a fetus, the New York Times reports. He now faces the death penalty or life in prison.

It took 10 days of deliberations spread across three weeks for the jury to agree on 266 of the charges against Gosnell, but delays came today when the jury announced it was hung on two counts, NBC Philadelphia reports. It is still unclear which two counts caused the gridlock. (Read more Kermit Gosnell stories.)

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