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Defense's turn in Philly abortion clinic trial

April 24. 2013 2:37AM
Associated Press

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(AP) The sole co-defendant in the murder trial of a Philadelphia abortion provider could take the stand, a day after a judge rocked the trial by dismissing some of the murder charges.

Dr. Kermit Gosnell still faces the death penalty if convicted of killing four babies allegedly born alive at his clinic, dubbed "the house of horrors" by prosecutors.

The defense denies there were any live births at the clinic. Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Minehart has agreed the prosecution did not present enough evidence involving three other babies to send those murder charges to the jury.

The jury is now hearing from the defense, and could hear from co-defendant Eileen O'Neill Wednesday if she decides to testify. O'Neill, an unlicensed medical school graduate, is charged with theft for allegedly billing as a doctor.

Associated Press

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