Three Murder Charges Dropped In Gosnell Trial

Published on April 24, 2013

Gosnell_Trial_SketchAfter court proceedings were called off Monday, the trial of Kermit Gosnell resumed Tuesday with the dismissal of three of the eight murder charges against Gosnell.

Gosnell — who is alleged to have run a late-term abortion clinic at 3801 Lancaster Ave., just blocks away from Penn’s campus — was charged with eight counts of murder, seven of which relate to the killing of babies after they were delivered.

On Tuesday morning, Gosnell’s attorney Jack McMahon filed a motion for a judgment of acquittal on behalf of his client to dismiss the charges.

McMahon argued that seven murder counts should be dismissed because none of the fetuses were born alive, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. Prosecutor Edward Cameron countered that testimony from former clinic employees was sufficient to show that all seven babies were born alive.

Judge Jeffery P. Minehart dismissed five charges of abuse of corpse, one charge of infanticide and three murder charges against Gosnell. The judge gave no reason for his decision, The New York Times reported.

Read more:

You Might Like