Coverage of the trial of Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell

Worker's Testimony Requested by Gosnell Jury

Jurors to hear four hours worth of testimony again

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    Jurors ask to hear the entire testimony of one witness all over again. NBC10's Daralene Jones has the story.

    The jury weighing charges in the murder trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell has asked the court to see the testimony of one of his former employees.

    On the sixth day of deliberations, jurors requested the full testimony of Lynda Williams. Williams assisted with abortions at Women's Medical Society, Gosnell's West Philadelphia clinic.

    The 44-year-old admitted to snipping the neck of one of the babies Gosnell is charged with murdering, referred to in court as Baby C.

    Gosnell, 72, is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of four babies. Prosecutors allege Gosnell delivered the babies alive during late-term abortions and then killed them by snipping their spinal cords with scissors.

    The former doctor is also charged with third-degree murder in Karnamaya Mongar's death. The 41-year-old died after being given a lethal dose of pain killers during a 2009 abortion procedure.

    Williams also acted as the anesthesiologist during Mongar's procedure. She pled to third-degree murder in both cases in exchange for her testimony.

    The former employee's testimony is 273 pages long and will be read aloud in court. Officials expect the reading to stretch on for four hours.

    During her time on the stand, Williams told jurors she was being treated by Gosnell for bipolar disorder.

    She admitted to only receiving an 8th grade education and certification to draw blood, even though she typically delivered anesthesia to patients intravenously.

    Williams recounted how she administered four doses of drugs to Mongar -- describing how the woman's skin turned gray in color after the last dose.

    Gosnell's defense attorney Jack McMahon has said his client never delivered a baby alive during abortion procedures. McMahon said Gosnell used the drug Digoxin to stop fetuses' hearts in utero before being delivered.

    Seven women and five men are weighing a total of 268 charges against the former doctor. More than 200 of the charges are related to alleged abortion-law violations.

    Jurors are also deliberating theft by deception charges against Gosnell's co-defendant and former employee Eileen O'Neill. Prosecutors say O'Neill pretended to be a doctor and billed for her services even though she was not a licensed physician.

    If found guilty of first-degree murder, Gosnell faces the death penalty.

    The deliberations wrapped up around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. They will resume at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday with the reading of Williams' testimony.


    Contact Vince Lattanzio at 610.668.5532, vince.lattanzio@nbcuni.com or follow @VinceLattanzio on Twitter.

     


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