<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - ]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/feature/gosnell-abortion-doctor-trial-murder-babieshttp://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.pngNBC 10 Philadelphiahttps://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usSat, 20 Oct 2018 19:26:22 -0400Sat, 20 Oct 2018 19:26:22 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[Groups Honor Babies Killed by Abortion Doctor ]]>Sat, 24 Oct 2015 21:45:28 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Babies-Kermit-Gosnell1.jpg

Pro-life advocates gathered in Philadelphia Saturday to honor the newborn babies who were killed by a convicted abortion doctor in a case that garnered national attention.

A memorial service was held at the Laurel Hill Cemetery on Ridge Avenue where the newborn victims of convicted abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell were buried. The groups, which included the Pro-Life Leadership Coalition, conducted a religious service at the cemetery.

In May, 2013 Gosnell was convicted of first-degree murder in the deaths of three babies who police said were born alive before having their necks cut with scissors. Gosnell was also found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the overdose death of a 41-year-old woman who was a former patient.

Prosecutors said Gosnell delivered the babies alive at his West Philadelphia clinic during abortion procedures and then killed them by snipping their spinal cords with scissors. His former patient, Karnamaya Mongar, died in 2009 after she was given a lethal dose of pain killers and anesthesia during an abortion procedure.

The investigation against Gosnell began in 2010 after FBI and DEA agents raided his clinic on 3801 Lancaster Avenue following a tip that a prescription pill mill was operating inside.

When they arrived, officials say they found blood-stained rooms, filthy and old equipment and untrained staff members. Aborted fetuses were stored in a basement freezer in plastic food containers and bags next to employee lunches. Severed feet from aborted babies were found preserved in jars around the clinic. Philadelphia district Attorney Seth Williams referred to the clinic as a “house of horrors” in a 2011 grand jury report.

Gosnell is currently serving a life sentence for the deaths of the three babies and Mongar. He is also serving an additional 30 years for trafficking narcotics out of his clinic, which is now closed.
 

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<![CDATA['Gosnell' Movie Names Director]]>Thu, 19 Mar 2015 22:40:02 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Gosnell-Walk-NBC10+%281%29.JPG

The makers of Gosnell, a crime drama about Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell who was convicted of murder, announced Nick Searcy will direct the film.

Searcy, who stars in the FX series, Justified, said he was both excited and humbled by the opportunity to direct Gosnell, according to an update from the movie's crowdfunding page.

The update also explained Searcy will focus on three important aspects of the story: what really happened in Philadelphia, why it was allowed to happen, and why it seemed like no one wanted to talk about it after it happened.

Gosnell ran an abortion clinic in West Philadelphia for decades. He was convicted in 2013 of first-degree murder in the deaths of three babies who were born alive before having their necks cut with scissors.

The former doctor was also charged with involuntary manslaughter in the overdose death of a patient, as well as 232 other counts related to abortion, conspiracy, and infanticide.

The film was originally pegged as a straight-to-TV movie, but because donations from thousands of contributors have exceeded expectations, it has now become a theatrical release.

Money for Gosnell was raised through Indiegogo, a popular crowdfunding site, where it took off quickly. The campaign reached its original goal in May of 2014, and now has over 27,000 backers who have contributed over $2.2 million. This ranks the film as the highest-grossing movie campaign on the site.

The production company for the film, Ann and Phelim Media, announced on their page that they're still looking for another $500K to paying actors, cover production fees, locations, scheduling, and various other necessary endeavors.

For a more in-depth background on Gosnell and his story, check out this NBC10 article.



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<![CDATA[Gosnell Movie Makes History, Reaches $2.1M Goal ]]>Fri, 09 May 2014 13:39:26 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/211*120/Gosnell_movie_billboard_1.JPG

The Gosnell Movie project made history today. The campaign to make the movie reached its $2.1 million goal on Friday, a record amount raised for a film on the crowdfunding website Indiegogo. 

"People have been sending small donations and inspiring messages. They felt compelled, often because of personal experience, to ensure the Gosnell Movie gets made," said producer Ann McElhinney.

Those small donations from more than 23,000 donors worldwide helped propel the project's success.

"I was thinking we were going to beat the (most money raised) target, but not win and become the most successful failure ever on crowdfunding," said journalist and filmmaker Phelim McAleer. 

Now that the financial goal has been met, producers have set a new goal. They'd like to gain 30,000 contributors to help send Hollywood a message that the story of former Philadelphia abortion Dr. Kermit Gosnell must be told. The crowdfunding campaign ends May 12 at midnight.

McAleer calls Gosnell America's biggest serial killer after reading about him and attending his murder trial. Gosnell ran an abortion clinic in West Philadelphia dubbed the "House of Horros" by local media. Producers say they'd like to shoot in Philadelphia because the city is a large character in the film but the film's shooting schedule has not yet been established. 

According to the Indiegogo website, the Gosnell Movie is listed as number one for the most funds raised for a film, besting actor James Franco's film. The Gosnell Movie has a clear lead in the #1 position with the second highest film raising $898,144. Indiegogo will retain 4 percent of the total amount raised and 3 to 5 percent will go to credit card processing fees.

McAleer turned to Indiegogo after he says rival crowfunding website Kickstarter tried to censor his film. To celebrate the Indiegogo crowdfunding milestone, the Gosnell Movie project put an advertisement on a billboard near Kickstarter's offices in New York City. 

McAleer used the popular Kickstarter site for his first film project "FrackNation," which was supported by 3,305 people who donated $212,000. Kickstarter, he says, tried to censor this project because they asked him to remove parts of the descption that stated "1000s of babies stabbed to death" and "1000s of babies murdered." Gosnell was convicted in July of murdering three babies that were born alive in his West Philadelphia abortion clinic.

"We just couldn’t start telling this story by buying into an act of censorship. We walked away," McAleer told NBC10. "(The subject matter) is going to offend. We are not going to be part of community that’s offended by the truth."

Pictured at right: Producers Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer

Now that the Indiegogo fundraising goal has been met, the film staff will hire a writer, director. The plan is to release the made for television drama sometime next year. McAleer descibes the movie as a docudrama that tells Gosnell's story and the media cover-up.


 Contact Sarah Glover at 610-668-5580, sarah.glover@nbcuni.com or follow @skyphoto on Twitter.

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<![CDATA[Gosnell Movie Nears $2.1M Crowdfunding Goal ]]>Wed, 07 May 2014 17:28:04 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/211*120/Gosnell_movie_billboard_1.JPG

The filmmaker behind a movie about the "House of Horrors" abortion doctor convicted of murdering babies born alive says his crowdfunding campaign has broken an Indiegogo record. As of Tuesday, the Gosnell Movie campaign raised $1.9 million of the $2.1 million goal, the most amount raised for a film on Indiegogo. 

"I was thinking we were going to beat the (most money raised) target, but not win and become the most successful failure ever on crowdfunding," said journalist and filmmaker Phelim McAleer. "But, we should make the fundraising goal. We're averaging $30,000 per day."

McAleer says he'd love to shoot in Philadelphia, as the city is a large character in the film but it will just depend on the final film's budget.

The Gosnell Movie project hast just five days left to raise $140,000. So far, there are 20,927 funders supporting it. According to the Indiegogo website, the Gosnell Movie is listed as number one for the most funds raised for a film, besting actor James Franco's film. The Gosnell Movie has a clear lead with the second highest film raising $898,144. 

McAleer turned to Indiegogo after he says rival crowfunding website Kickstarter tried to censor his film. To celebrate the Indiegogo crowdfunding milestone, the Gosnell Movie project put an advertisement on a billboard near Kickstarter's offices in New York City. 

McAleer used the popular Kickstarter site for his first film project "FrackNation," which was supported by 3,305 people who donated $212,000. Kickstarter, he says, tried to censor his next project because they asked him to remove parts of the descption that stated "1000s of babies stabbed to death" and "1000s of babies murdered." Gosnell was convicted in July of murdering three babies that were born alive in his West Philadelphia abortion clinic.

"We just couldn’t start telling this story by buying into an act of censorship. We walked away," McAleer told NBC10. "(The subject matter) is going to offend. We are not going to be part of community that’s offended by the truth."

While in Philadelphia producing his film "FrackNation" last year, McAleer found himself with three days off and a break from the film. So he opened the newspaper to find out what the big stories were in Philadelphia.

Pictured at right: Producers Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer

The case of Gosnell stunned him. The abortion doctor ran a clinic in West Philadelphia for years and stored fetuses in jars. Gosnell was convicted of murdering three babies that were born alive, killing them by snipping their spinal cords with scissors.

In addition to first degree murder, Gosnell was convicted of 233 additional counts, avoided a death sentence and is serving life in prison. In a separate federal case, he was found guilty of running a "pill mill."

The trial was dubbed the "House of Horrors" by local media. After the trial, there was a movement by religious entities, including the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, to bury the Gosnell fetuses, or "babies" as they were referred to.

McAleer, who was born in Ireland, says he had no idea how abortions worked in the U.S. before reading about the case. He decided to spend his three days off in court listening to testimony to learn more.

The producer was left with a horrifying picture of abortion, as he didn't know a six-month fetus could be aborted. McAleer felt the national media was for the most part void in telling the story. So he decided his next film would be a story on the Gosnell case and he'd rely on crowdfunding again to make the film possible.

After the producers meet the Indiegogo fundraising goal, they plan to hire a writer, director and release the made for television movie sometime next year. McAleer descibes the movie as a docudrama that tells Gosnell's story and the media cover-up.


 Contact Sarah Glover at 610-668-5580, sarah.glover@nbcuni.com or follow @skyphoto on Twitter.

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<![CDATA[Gosnell Movie Snubbed by Kickstarter]]>Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:11:14 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Gosnell-Walk-NBC10+%281%29.JPG

The filmmaker behind a movie about the "House of Horrors" doctor convicted of murdering babies born alive said he has turned to a rival crowfunding website for support after Kickstarter tried to censor his film.

"We just couldn’t start telling this story by buying into an act of censorship. We walked away," Journalist and filmmaker Phelim McAleer told NBC10. "(The subject matter) is going to offend. We are not going to be part of community that’s offended by the truth."

McAleer used the popular online crowdfunding website Kickstarter for his first project "FrackNation," which was supported by 3,305 people who donated $212,000. Kickstarter, however, tried to censor his next project about Dr. Kermit Gosnell, who in July was convicted of murdering three babies that were born alive in a West Philadelphia abortion clinic.

McAleer and his co-producer Ann McElhinney submitted the Kickstarter project in March and patiently waited for the company to give the proposal a greenlight. He received word later that month that his project description needed amending to fit Kickstarter community guidelines before the campaign could go live. The website requested via email that he amend this part of the project's description: "1000s of babies stabbed to death" and "1000s of babies murdered."

McAleer felt the response was a slap in the face after using Kickstarter for "FrackNation" and an attempt to censor his project.

So the film producer turned to Indiegogo, a rival crowdfunding website, to fund the Gosnell movie project. To date, the project has raised $546,752 of the $2.1 million goal with 32 days left in the campaign.

While in Philadelphia producing his film "FrackNation" last year, McAleer found himself with three days off and a break from the film. So he opened the newspaper to find out what the big stories were in Philadelphia.

Pictured at right: Producers Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer

 

The case of Gosnell stunned him. The abortion doctor ran a clinic in West Philadelphia for years and stored fetuses in jars. Gosnell was convicted of murdering three babies that were born alive, killing them by snipping their spinal cords with scissors.

In addition to first degree murder, Gosnell was convicted of 233 additional counts, avoided a death sentence and is serving life in prison. In a separate federal case, he was found guilty of running a "pill mill."

The trial was dubbed the "House of Horrors" by local media. After the trial, there was a movement by religious entities, including the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, to bury the Gosnell fetuses, or "babies" as they were referred to.

McAleer, who was born in Ireland, says he had no idea how abortions worked in the U.S. before reading about the case. He decided to spend his three days off in court listening to testimony to learn more.

The producer was left with a horrifying picture of abortion, as he didn't know a six-month fetus could be aborted. McAleer felt the national media was for the most part void in telling the story. So he decided his next film would be a story on the Gosnell case and he'd rely on crowdfunding again to make the film possible.

 An email exchange provided by McAleer, shows Kickstarter requesting language changes, citing the community guidelines on March 27. McAleer wrote back to the change request with the filmmaker's decision to pull the plug on the Kickstarter campaign.

In an email provided by McAleer, Kickstarter responded the next day giving a greenlight to the project but the correspondence did not address Kickstarter's previous request to amend the project's language.

McAleer feels comfortable with his decision to seek another crowdfunding outlet after the experience. Many crowdfunding platforms receive a portion of the proceeds after the campaign has ended and the total amount is raised. Kickstarter's guidelines can be found here.

"The project submission was accepted on Friday exactly how it was submitted for our review and the filmmakers are still welcome to launch the project on Kickstarter at any time," Kickstarter spokesman Justin Kazmark wrote via email to NBC10 today. "Kickstarter is a platform open to projects from across the creative spectrum that represent an incredibly diverse array of topics and viewpoints."

After the producers meet the Indiegogo fundraising goal, they plan to hire a writer, director and release the made for television movie sometime next year. McAleer descibes the movie as a docudrama that tells Gosnell's story and the media cover-up.


 Contact Sarah Glover at 610-668-5580, sarah.glover@nbcuni.com or follow @skyphoto on Twitter.



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<![CDATA[Prison for Abortion Clinic Tech]]>Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:24:53 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/sherry+west+on+background.jpg

A former medical technician at a Philadelphia abortion clinic that authorities called a "house of horrors" was sentenced to five to 10 years in prison for her role in the 2009 overdose death of a patient.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (http://bit.ly/1oQzbYH) said 54-year-old Sherry West sat sobbing, head down on the defense table, after Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner imposed the sentence on Thursday.

West pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and other charges, admitting that on Nov. 19, 2009, she administered some of the overdose of Demerol that killed 41-year-old patient Karnamaya (kar-nuh-MAY'-uh) Mongar during an abortion at the clinic run by Dr. Kermit Gosnell.

Gosnell is serving three consecutive life sentences after being convicted of murder in the killing of babies born alive and viable during illegal late-term abortions.

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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.inquirer.com

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<![CDATA[Sentencing Day for Dr. Gosnell]]>Mon, 16 Dec 2013 07:37:54 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Gosnell-Walk-NBC10+%281%29.JPGThe Philadelphia abortion doctor already serving life in prison for the death of three babies will be sentenced Monday for his role in a pill mill.

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<![CDATA[Tearful Gosnell Associate: I Just Wanted to Give Care]]>Mon, 15 Jul 2013 17:41:43 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Eileen+ONeill+Gosnell+Walk.jpg

The co-defendant in the high-profile trial of former Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell cried before a judge as she asked for leniency in her sentencing.

Eileen O'Neill, 56, was sentenced to six to 23 months house arrest on conspiracy and corruption charges during a sentencing hearing Monday. The house arrest sentencing will be followed by two years probation and she will need to complete 100 hours of community service.

Prosecutors said O'Neill pretended to be a licensed physician at Dr. Gosnell's West Philadelphia clinic, the Women's Medical Society, when in fact she was unlicensed. She did, however, have a medical degree.

The Commonwealth also argued O'Neill lied to insurance companies and patients and billed for services she was not allowed to perform. Her attorney argued there was no evidence O'Neill charged for her services.

A jury eventually found sufficient evidence to find O'Neill guilty on a number of the charges in May.

During Monday's hearing, members of O'Neill's family took the stand, each calling her a "giver" and praising her generosity to not only the family, but everyone around her.

Paul White, O'Neill's brother, who was a patient at the clinic's general practice and said he met Kermit Gosnell, asked Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart to "have a heart and show mercy."

"I think my sister has suffered enough," he said.

Attorney James Berardinelli called O'Neill's mother to the stand.

Corinne White, who had already sent a letter to Judge Minehart pleading her daughter's case, described how O'Neill does everything for her. She said it would kill her if her daughter was taken into custody.

"Maybe not today, but in two weeks I'd be dead," White said while family members cried.

But Assistant District Attorney Joanne Pescatore said she saw a different Eileen O'Neill.

Pescatore described how she traveled to Louisiana to find out more on O'Neill, where the unlicensed doctor had previous troubles while working at a Baton Rouge, La. abortion clinic.

Pescatore claimed that O'Neill was "not always truthful" and cited that she was previously charged with perjury in this trial.

She went into detail on the night of Karnamaya Mongar's death.

Mongar, a 41-year-old immigrant, went into cardiac arrest in Dr. Gosnell's clinic and died the next morning at a nearby hospital.

Pescatore said O'Neill ran upstairs and hid rather than help, and that she ran out of the clinic during an FBI raid "because she had things to hide."

O'Neill herself was the last one to speak, extending her deepest apologies to the court, her family and even the victims.

She said she only wanted to help, and regretted not telling her patients that she did not have a medical license. "I just wanted to give them care," a tearful O'Neill said.

Judge Minehart offered his take on O'Neill's case, saying he was stunned that "someone with so much education can work in these conditions."

The Women's Medical Society, at 3801 Lancaster Avenue, was described by investigators as a "house of horrors." Filthy conditions and even human remains were found throughout the facility.

But the judge offered sympathy and said he did not think the punishment should be at the expense of O'Neill's mother.

O'Neill was tried alongside Dr. Gosnell in his capital murder trial, a proceeding that stretched on for months in Philadelphia. While other clinic employees took plea deals in exchange for their testimony, O'Neill maintained her innocence and fought the charges.

Dr. Gosnell is serving three consecutive life terms for the murder of babies born alive during abortion procedures. O'Neill was not implicated in the murders.



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<![CDATA[Gosnell Expected to Plea in "Pill Mill" Case]]>Mon, 08 Jul 2013 10:44:03 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Gosnell-Walk-NBC10+%281%29.JPG

A second change of plea hearing has been set for former Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell in his federal "pill mill" case.

Dr. Gosnell, who is serving consecutive life sentences for the murder of babies, is accused of running an illegal pill mill out of his West Philadelphia clinic, the Women’s Medical Society.

Federal prosecutors say Dr. Gosnell would charge patients between $10 and $20 to write prescriptions for oxycodone, alprazolam and cough medicine with codeine. The patients would then have the prescriptions filled at pharmacies.

The acts allegedly began in July 2009 and continued until February 10, 2010 when officials from the Drug Enforcement Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation raided the facility. It was that raid that uncovered the illegal abortion activities that eventually led to the former doctor’s murder convictions.

As many as 200 prescriptions were written in one night in February 2010, according to prosecutors. Officials say Dr. Gosnell made more than $200,000 from the alleged sales.

Dr. Gosnell was expected to accept a plea deal at a June 26 hearing, but that deal was rejected.

The second change of plea hearing, where Dr. Gosnell is expected to take the prosecution’s deal, is set for Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Former Gosnell Clinic Doc, Assistant Sentencing Continued]]>Tue, 02 Jul 2013 16:58:26 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/gosnell+williams+massof.jpg

Two employees of former abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell will need to wait several more months to be sentenced for their role in his West Philadelphia clinic dubbed a “House of Horrors.”

Steven Massof and Lynda Williams were set to appear before Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner Tuesday morning. Both former employees had previously taken third-degree murder plea deals in exchange for their testimony during Dr. Gosnell’s capital murder trial.

However, the sentencing was continued until September, according to court documents.

Massof, 51, was an unlicensed doctor who worked at Dr. Gosnell’s clinic, the Women’s Medical Society, at 38th Street and Lancaster Avenue in the Mantua section of the city.

Massof admitted to snipping the necks of at least 100 babies born alive during abortion procedures. The medical school graduate told a grand jury he would induce the mothers, deliver the babies, cut the umbilical cord and then sever the spinal cord.

Williams was a medical assistant at the Women’s Medical Society. She also acted as the clinic’s anesthesiologist even though she only had an 8th grade education and no formal training.

The 45-year-old administered four doses of pain killers and anesthesia during a 2009 abortion procedure that killed 41-year-old patient Karnamaya Mongar. She also admitted to snipping the neck of one of the babies Gosnell was charged with murdering.

Both Massof and Williams could face decades in prison, but will most likely receive reduced sentences in exchange for their cooperation with the prosecution.



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<![CDATA[Gosnell Expected to Plea in Pill Mill Case]]>Wed, 12 Jun 2013 10:00:13 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Gosnell-Walk-NBC10.JPG

A Philadelphia abortion doctor already serving a life term in the deaths of three babies is due in federal court to plead to drug charges.

Authorities say Dr. Kermit Gosnell ran a “pill mill” by day and a rogue “abortion mill” by night.

His high-profile murder trial this spring came after federal drug agents raided his West Philadelphia clinic in 2010. They charged him with selling prescriptions for OxyContin and other painkillers to people who lined up at the front desk.

Dr. Gosnell, 72, was convicted on May 13 of murdering three newborn babies born alive during late-term abortion procedures. He was also found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 overdose death of patient Karnamaya Mongar and for more than 200 abortion law violations. He is serving three consecutive life terms for the crimes.

Defense lawyer Jack McMahon has said Gosnell will plead guilty to the drug charges, given the outcome of the murder case.

Federal prosecutors allege Gosnell started running a pill mill out of his clinic, the Women's Medical Society, in July 2009.

Gosnell would charge patients $20 -- if they were paying cash -- to write prescriptions for narcotics such as oxycodone, alprazolam and cough medicine with codeine, according to the indictment. Customers with insurance would pay $10.

Patients would also pay tips to clinic employees of $10 to $20 per set of prescriptions. The patients would then go to pharmacies and have them filled.

Prosecutors say in February 2010 Gosnell wrote as many as 200 prescriptions in one night for controlled substances. In all, thousands of narcotics prescriptions written by the doctor were filled at pharmacies from 2008 through 2010, according to the indictment.

The indictment alleges patients did not need to speak with Gosnell to obtain a refill.

Gosnell made more than $200,000 from the alleged acts, according to prosecutors.

It was agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigations who initially alerted Philadelphia authorities to the crimes going on in his clinic.

Agents raided the facility at 3801 Lancaster Avenue on February 10, 2010 to investigate a tip that the doctor was running a pill mill. Once inside, they found unsanitary conditions -- including blood-stained rooms, old equipment and untrained staff.

Aborted fetuses were stored in a basement freezer in plastic food containers and bags next to employee lunches. Severed feet from aborted babies were found preserved in jars around the clinic.

The conditions found inside the clinic led Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams to call the clinic a "house of horrors" in a 2011 grand jury report.

Gosnell was charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of seven babies. Prosecutors said he delivered the babies alive during late-term abortions, before snipping their necks with scissors.

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<![CDATA[Abortionist's Gear Shown Off for 1st Time]]>Tue, 04 Jun 2013 09:58:29 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Gosnell+Equipment.jpg

Prosecutors are giving the public its first glimpse at equipment taken from the clinic of former Philadelphia abortion doctor and convicted murder Kermit Gosnell.

The equipment includes an exam table, recliner and electronic monitoring machines. They were brought from Dr. Gosnell’s West Philadelphia facility, the Women’s Medical Society, to Courtroom 302 at the city’s Criminal Justice Center for his capital murder trial.

Once there, the equipment sat in the center of the courtroom – just feet from the jury box -- for most of the two-month long trial.

Dr. Gosnell, 72, was convicted on May 13 of murdering three newborn babies during late-term abortion procedures. He was also found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 overdose death of patient Karnamaya Mongar and for more than 200 abortion law violations. He is serving three consecutive life terms for the crimes.

Investigators who visited the facility at 3801 Lancaster Avenue described the clinic as filthy, wretched and macabre.

“The smells were just unbearable,” Philadelphia Police Crime Scene Investigator John Taggart said following the trial. “You could tell there was death somewhere.”

The conditions found inside the facility led Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams to call the clinic a "house of horrors" in a 2011 grand jury report.

During the trial’s opening arguments on March 18, lead prosecutor Joanne Pescatore told the jury she wanted to bring the group to the clinic, but was not allowed. So she decided to recreate the clinic in court.

“We’re going bring the facility to you,” Pescatore said at the time. “You’re going to live it with us.”

In a video recorded by the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, several pieces of the equipment were put on display – with the largest item being one of the clinic’s examination tables.

Stained and tattered, the table still had sanitary paper and stirrups attached. Proseuctors said the table would regularly be used for abortion procedures and that former employees said dried blood would often be caked to the medical equipment.

A garbage disposal taken from the clinic’s break room was set on top of a storage drawer. Taggart said investigators learned the employees would dispose of fetal remains in the sink and use the disposal to move them down the drain. Human bones were found inside the appliance, prosecutors said.

“They were shoving body parts down the garbage disposal,” said Taggart. “To the point where they plunged it one day and an arm popped out on Lancaster Avenue.”

Filthy, corroded tubing -- stained over time by blood and dirt -- were left coiled on the floor. Some of the tubing that was used for suction during abortion procedures also doubled as a suction source for patient resuscitation, according to prosecutors.

A medical kit marked “For emergency tracheotomy” was brown in color and other procedure tools inside a bin underneath the kit had a yellow tint.

A large gray recliner was ripped in several places and had white stains on the seat. Prosecutors say the recliners were used by patients before and after abortion procedures.

Electronic monitoring equipment appeared old and dirty. One device had stickers peeling off of it and was discolored from dust. Another, an ultrasound machine sat in pieces on the floor.

The ultrasound equipment was also weathered and discolored. The transducer probe used to send ultrasonic waves into patient’s stomachs, was yellowed in parts and wires were darkly colored with what appeared to be dirt. The device’s keyboard had turned from a cream color to dark brown.

Dr. Gosnell allegedly told one employee, Ashley Baldwin, the device didn’t really work, according to the grand jury report.

Prosecutors said Dr. Gosnell would regularly perform abortions on fetuses older than Pennsylvania’s legal limit of 24 weeks. Former employees testified that the doctor would regularly redo sonograms using the ultrasound machine to cover up actual age of the fetuses.

Dr. Gosnell’s defense attorney Jack McMahon said during the trial that his client was simply operating an inner-city clinic for the poor and disadvantaged. He told jurors city officials were applying “Mayo Clinic” standards on the clinic and asserted that was unfair.

“This is nothing more than an elitist, racist prosecution,” McMahon said.

It’s unclear what will now happen to the equipment.


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



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<![CDATA[Wife of Abortion Doctor Receives Her Sentence]]>Thu, 30 May 2013 12:37:36 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/pearl-gosnell.jpg

Pearl Gosnell, the wife of convicted murderer and former abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, could spend nearly two years in prison for crimes she allegedly committed at her husband's West Philadelphia clinic.

The 51-year-old was sentenced to seven to 23 months in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to several charges, including criminal conspiracy and performing an illegal late-term abortion at her husband's corrupt and dirty facility, the Women's Medical Society.

Pearl cried before Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner during her sentencing hearing in an 11th floor courtroom at the Philadelphia Criminal Justice Center.

Surrounded by the couple's children and other family members, the mother of six told the court her husband deserved to be in prison.

"I hope he's in jail forever, which is where he should be," she said.

Dr. Kermit Gosnell is serving three life sentences for allegedly murdering three newborn babies during late-term abortion procedures. He was also found guilty in the 2009 overdose death of patient Karnamaya Mongar and for more than 200 abortion law violations.

Through tears, Pearl sounded defeated as she apologized for the doctor's actions.

"His cowardly actions have left me to say sorry," she told the judge.

She says her husband lied to her about performing late-term abortions, claiming the babies were only as old as 23 weeks. That's one week shy of the legal cutoff for abortions in Pennsylvania.

Prosecutors say late-term abortions were regularly performed at the clinic. When it was raided in 2010, investigators found filthy conditions, old equipment and untrained staff.

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams later nicknamed the facility a "House of Horrors" in a 2011 grand jury report.

The couple's teenage daughter Alexandra and college-age son Baron Gosnell also spoke to the court about their mother's character. They called her loving and supportive.

Pearl and Kermit Gosnell, have been married for more than 20 years. They have two children together — a college-age son and teenage daughter. Kermit has four older children from other marriages.

Lead prosecutor in the case, Joanne Pescatore, disagreed with the Pearl's statement. Pescatore told Judge Lerner Pearl benefited monetarily by the kind of operation her husband was running.

"She made money off the backs of these women," Pescatore said. She asked the judge to impose a nine to 23 month sentence.

After hearing the testimony, Judge Lerner handed down the seven to 23 month sentence. He credited her for two and a half months time already served — meaning she'll be available for parole after nearly five months. Although, she could spend nearly two years total in prison.

Currently on house arrest, Pearl will have 30 days to turn herself in at one of the city's six prisons.

Once she is released, her attorney says life will not be easy. Her attorney told the Associated Press, the family's surname will forever brand her.

"Her name is still Gosnell, unfortunately," he said. "I guess it's like being Mrs. Frankenstein."

Two other former employees were also scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday.

Adrienne Moton was freed on time served after her hearing. In the emotional proceedings, Moton's family testified that she had changed during her time in prison as the case dragged on. Even Pescatore said she had changed.

Lynda Williams was also set to be sentenced, but her case was postponed because of another upcoming trial.



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<![CDATA[Former Gosnell Employee Freed After Emotional Sentencing]]>Wed, 29 May 2013 12:57:57 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Moton+Williams+mugs.jpg

Three former employees of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, including his own wife, are being sentenced Wednesday for their roles in the investigation of his West Philadelphia clinic.

Adrienne Moton, Lynda Williams and Pearl Gosnell have all pled guilty to either third-degree murder or conspiracy charges for crimes they committed at the Women's Medical Society.

Described by investigators as filthy and corrupt, the facility at 3801 Lancaster Avenue was Dr. Kermit Gosnell's home base. There, prosecutors say, Dr. Gosnell would regularly perform late-term abortions and kill newborn babies by snipping their necks with scissors.

The 72-year-old was found guilty of first-degree murder on May 13 in the deaths of three babies, involuntary manslaughter in the overdose death of patient Karnamaya Mongar and more than 200 abortion procedure violations. He gave up his right to appeal a death sentence in exchange for three consecutive life sentences.

Moton was first to be sentenced Wednesday by Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner.

Judge Lerner handed down a 11 and a half to 23 month sentence. She was set free following the proceedings, for already serving 2 and a half years in prison.

Moton previously pled guilty to third-degree murder, in turn for her testimony against Dr. Gosnell during the trial. She was first to testify and recalled several abortion procedures in court including one where the mother delivered the baby into a toilet.

Moton described how the baby seemed to struggle in the bowl before she snipped its neck with scissors. She admitted to cutting 10 babies' necks, calling the snipping "common practice" at the clinic.

Moton also took a picture of one of the babies Dr. Gosnell is accused of murdering. Referred in court as Baby A, Moton says the boy was nearly 30 weeks old when he was aborted.

She claims Gosnell even joked about the baby’s size saying he was so big the baby could have walked to the bus stop. The graphic photo, was among others, shown to the jury.

At her sentencing hearing Wednesday, Moton's father Gregory told Judge Lerner he witnessed vast improvements in his daughter's character and her views on life. Rhonda Moton, Adrienne's sister, wept in the gallery as her father spoke to the judge on the woman's behalf.

"The trial has been such a long time for us," Rhonda said.

Assistant District Attorney Joanne Pescatore, the lead prosecutor on the case, agreed with Gregory Moton's statements. She fought back tears as the man testified to his daughter's character.

Pestcatore told the court Moton understood what she was doing at the clinic was wrong, unlike other clinic employees. The prosecutor ultimately recommended a sentence of 3 to 6 years in prison.

In addition to Moton's time served, Judge Lerner gave her three years probation.

Gregory and Rhonda Moton shouted "hallelujah" following the judge's decision.

After a short recess, the court moved on to Lynda Williams.

The 44-year-old acted as the clinic's anesthesiologist, even though she had no formal training and only an 8th grade education.

Williams was the person who delivered four doses of drugs to Mongar during her procedure. Testifying in court, she described how the woman's skin turned gray and her breathing slowed following the last dose.

She also admitted to snipping the neck of one of the babies Dr. Gosnell was charged with murdering, referred to in court as Baby C.

Williams sentencing was postponed, however, because of her involvement in a federal narcotics case against the clinic's employees and former doctor.

In that case, federal prosecutors allege the employees, including Williams, ran a pill mill out of the abortion clinic. Prosecutors claim Dr. Gosnell would write prescriptions and sell them to patients for $10 or $20. Clinic staff would also get "tips" on the sales.

Williams is set to testify in that case, which is scheduled to begin in the fall. Though, that may change, as Dr. Gosnell is expected to change his not guilty plea in the case at a court hearing next Thursday.

Pearl Gosnell is last to be sentenced. She's expected to learn her fate later Wednesday.


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



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<![CDATA[Gosnell to Change Plea in Federal Court]]>Tue, 28 May 2013 17:22:35 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Gosnell-Walk-NBC10.JPG

Former Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell is expected to stand before a judge next week for a Change in Plea hearing in his federal narcotics case.

Gosnell, who was sentenced to three life terms for the murder of babies during late-term abortions and in the death of a former patient earlier this month, still faces trial for nearly two dozen narcotics crimes.

The 72-year-old was indicted in December 2011 on 23 felonies including distribution of controlled substances and continuing a criminal enterprise.

A hearing notice regarding the plea was filed Tuesday in United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Gosnell previously pleaded not guilty to the crimes in January 2012.

Federal prosecutors allege Gosnell started running a pill mill out of his clinic, the Women's Medical Society, in July 2009.

Gosnell would charge patients $20 -- if they were paying cash -- to write prescriptions for narcotics such as oxycodone, alprazolam and cough medicine with codeine, according to the indictment. Customers with insurance would pay $10.

Patients would also pay tips to clinic employees of $10 to $20 per set of prescriptions. The patients would then go to pharmacies and have them filled.

Prosecutors say in February 2010 Gosnell wrote as many as 200 prescriptions in one night for controlled substances. In all, thousands of narcotics prescriptions written by the doctor were filled at pharmacies from 2008 through 2010, according to the indictment.

The indictment alleges patients did not need to speak with Gosnell to obtain a refill.

Gosnell made more than $200,000 from the alleged acts, according to prosecutors.

It was agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigations who initially alerted Philadelphia authorities to the crimes going on in his clinic.

Agents raided the facility at 3801 Lancaster Avenue on February 10, 2010 to investigate a tip that the doctor was running a pill mill. Once inside, they found unsanitary conditions -- including blood-stained rooms, old equipment and untrained staff.

Aborted fetuses were stored in a basement freezer in plastic food containers and bags next to employee lunches. Severed feet from aborted babies were found preserved in jars around the clinic.

The conditions found inside the clinic led Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams to call the clinic a "house of horrors" in a 2011 grand jury report.

Gosnell was charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of seven babies. Prosecutors said he delivered the babies alive during late-term abortions, before snipping their necks with scissors.

The doctor was eventually found guilty of murder in three of the deaths, involuntary manslaughter in the overdose death of patient Karnamaya Mongar and more than 200 abortion procedure violations.

Gosnell gave up his right to appeal a death sentence in exchange for consecutive life sentences.

Following his sentencing, he was transferred from city custody to the Federal Detention Center just off Independence Mall.

The Change in Plea hearing is scheduled for next Thursday.

Calls to Gosnell's attorney, Jack McMahon, asking whether his client will be in court for the proceedings have yet to be returned.

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<![CDATA[First of Gosnell's Abortion Clinic Workers Sentenced]]>Tue, 28 May 2013 16:18:33 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/elizabeth+hampton+background.jpg

The first of eight former employees of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell has been sentenced for her role in the investigation into his West Philadelphia clinic.

Elizabeth Hampton was given one year probation Tuesday after previously pleading guilty to one count of perjury.

The 55-year-old admitted she lied to investigators about practices inside the clinic, named the Women's Medical Society, at 3801 Lancaster Avenue. She later testified about her time there.

Gosnell would regularly perform late-term abortions at the clinic, according to Hampton and other co-workers. They said the doctor and other employees would regularly snip the necks of babies following procedures.

During her time at the clinic, Hampton would answer phones and clean medical equipment -- the same equipment investigators described as filthy and old.

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams later nicknamed the facility a "House of Horrors" in a 2011 grand jury report.

Hampton said employees were paid extra to take part in second trimester abortions. She told the court she was given an extra $20 for each procedure she took part in.

The former employee also played a role in the 2009 abortion procedure that resulted in the death of patient Karnamaya Mongar. Hampton said she gave Mongar two pills of Cytotec -- a drug used to open a woman's cervix -- even though she did not have any medical training.

Mongar, 41, died after being given an overdose of pain medicine and anesthesia.

Hampton is close friends with Gosnell's third wife Pearl Gosnell. The two women spent time together at a foster home when they were young.

Pearl Gosnell and five other associates are due in court for sentencing Wednesday.  All have pled guilty to either third-degree murder or conspiracy charges for crimes they committed at the clinic.

Except for Pearl Gosnell, all testified against their former employer.

Gosnell was found guilty of first-degree murder on May 13 in the deaths of three babies. He was also found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in Mongar’s death and of more than 200 counts of abortion law violations.

He was sentenced to three-consecutive life terms in exchange for giving up his right to appeal. With the deal, prosecutors took the possibility of a death sentence off the table.


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



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<![CDATA[Abortion Doctor Lived in "Squalor": Investigators]]>Thu, 16 May 2013 18:07:23 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Gosnell+Walk.jpg

For nearly three years, Philadelphia Police crime scene investigator John Taggart has remained silent about what he saw after stepping inside Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s two homes and West Philadelphia clinic -- nicknamed the “House of Horrors.”

Now that the former Philadelphia abortion doctor has been sentenced to life in prison and the case's gag order lifted, Taggart is speaking out about what he found.

Taggart and his team began searching Gosnell’s properties for fetal remains in February 2010 following an FBI raid of the doctor’s West Philadelphia clinic, the Women’s Medical Society.

Inside Gosnell’s West Philadelphia home, the doctor spared no expense on high-end appliances, large flat-screen TVs and a piano, but Taggart says the 72-year-old surrounded himself with filth.

“He just lived in squalor,” said Taggart. “He would leave plates of food on the floor. There was stuff everywhere in the bedroom. You couldn’t see the bed.”

Gosnell sat at the piano and played Chopin as police donned bio-hazard suits to investigate the contents of his home’s basement.

“As soon as they went down into the basement, they were covered in fleas,” Taggart said. “He actually gave us a bottle of flea repellent and said, ‘See what a nice guy I am? I told you there were fleas in the basement.’ He said ‘I didn’t have to tell ya’s’”

Investigators also visited Gosnell’s shore home in Brigantine, N.J. Taggart says the home was not well-kept, but that the property was “beautiful.”

“It backed up to the bay, he had a beautiful like four-slip boat slip,” he said.

The Philadelphia Police Crime Scene Unit traveled down the Atlantic City Expressway to search for the remains of unaccounted fetuses.

“We went down there because we thought maybe some of the babies were thrown into the bay,” he said. “There’s a lot of babies that are still unaccounted for that we don’t know where they’re at.”

The team ventured into the bay and pulled up several crab traps owned by Gosnell to see if there were remains inside. However, nothing was found. New Jersey authorities also sent a dive team into the bay before Taggart’s search and were unable to locate any remains.

“I believe they are either buried out there or I don’t know where they are. We’ve looked, we’ve looked for three years,” he said.

Taggart also recounted his time inside the Women’s Medical Society, calling the clinic, located at 3801 Lancaster Avenue, unforgettable.

“The smells were just unbearable,” he said. “You could tell there was death somewhere.”

Taggart found dead babies stuffed inside a refrigerator. But it’s what he and other officials found as they searched room-by -room that he says will be forever burned into his memory.

“Opening up the cabinet and seeing all the feet,” he said. “I’ll remember that for a long time.”

Those feet were severed from babies following abortion procedures. Prosecutors say Gosnell would deliver some babies alive, despite giving them medication in utero meant to stop their heart. The doctor and his staff would then snip their necks with scissors to ensure death.

Investigators said baby body parts would clog toilets after women delivered them in stalls inside the clinic. But for the first time, Taggart describes how remains were uncovered in the break room sink.

“They were shoving body parts down the garbage disposal,” said Taggart. “To the point where they plunged it one day and an arm popped out on Lancaster Avenue.”

The clinic, though not opened, still stands today.

Gosnell, who was found guilty Monday of first-degree murder in the deaths of three babies, was given two consecutive life sentences in two of those verdicts. He struck a deal to avoid the death penalty by giving up his right to an appeal.

On Wednesday, Gosnell was sentenced to a third consecutive life sentence for the murder of the third baby. He also was given an additional two and a half to five consecutive years in the involuntary manslaughter death of former patient Karnamaya Mongar. The attorney for Mongar's family says they plan on suing both Gosnell and the City of Philadelphia.

Gosnell was also sentenced to concurrent sentences for 229 violations of Pennsylvania abortion regulations, according to the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.

The former doctor will plead guilty to federal charges related to illegal narcotics distribution. He's expected to be sentenced for those crimes next week.

For extensive coverage of the "House of Horrors" Abortion Doctor Trial, click here to visit our dedicated section on the case.

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<![CDATA[Gosnell Juror: "Hard to Admit This Kind of Evil Exists"]]>Wed, 15 May 2013 19:38:26 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/edt-AP803974216515.jpg

On the same day Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell was sentenced to three life terms for murdering babies during late-term abortion procedures, the jurors who found him guilty of the crimes opened up about the case and how they decided the verdict.

Three of 12 jurors spoke to a throng of reporters outside the Philadelphia Criminal Justice Center Wednesday.

David Misko, juror No. 5 and the foreman, described the case as emotional, but said the jury did their best.

"It wasn’t easy, but we did the best with all of the information we got," he said. “Once we figured out what happened it was easy to determine between first and third-degree murder."

Juror No. 6, Sarah Glinski, says the fact that she is not a mother, helped her decide the case.

"It was almost easier for me to detach myself emotionally and look strictly at the evidence because of that," she said.

The 23-year-old Department of Defense employee admitted the reality of the graphic imagery and descriptions shared in court were difficult to handle.

“Seeing those photos and having to say to myself ‘This happened to those kids. There were children that died at the hands of this man.’ That was hard for me to admit that this kind of evil exists in this world,” Glinski said.

Jurors felt it was easy to see premeditation on Gosnell's part, according to Misko.

"It was just business as usual and he slipped the necks no matter what happened,” he said.

Speaking about Gosnell's demeanor in court, Misko, 27, said it was difficult to measure the doctor's personality.

“He gave me nothing to give him an impression on, he just sat there for the past eight weeks smirking,” the juror said.

Of the smirk many described seeing, Misko said he "didn't care for it.”

"The guy fights for his life and he sits back and smirks. It doesn't rub you the right way."

However, the jurors said they believed Gosnell, at one time, tried to help women who couldn't afford proper care, before something went wrong.

"I think somewhere, something went wrong in his mind perhaps that made him do these things to these children that were born alive," Glinski said.

“He started out as a good practice doctor, but eventually just became a money-generating machine,” added juror No. 4 Joseph Carroll.

Carroll, 46, says the group also questioned how much blame should be levied against the mothers who chose to undergo the late-term abortions.

“Women know when they’re pregnant and if they didn’t know after 25 weeks they were pregnant…they should have taken appropriate action before that,” he said.

The trio's admissions come on the same day Gosnell was given a third life sentence for the murder of the baby and other crimes he had not been previously sentenced for.

"This case is over," Gosnell's attorney Jack McMahon said outside court Wednesday. "He's 72-years-old and he has resigned and accepted his fate."

McMahon said Gosnell does not have remorse because he still believes he did not commit murder, but respects the jury's decision.

“Dr. Gosnell, he believes that what he did was not commit homicide," McMahon said. "He believes he never killed a live baby."

"Nobody gave him a second chance," the veteran attorney said of Gosnell.

On Tuesday, Gosnell struck a deal with the Philadelphia District Attorney to avoid the death penalty by giving up his right to appeal.

Gosnell, who was found guilty Monday of first-degree murder in the deaths of three babies, was given two consecutive life sentences in two of those verdicts.

The 72-year-old was sentenced Wednesday to a third consecutive life sentence for the murder of the third baby. He also was given an additional two and a half to five consecutive years in the involuntary manslaughter death of former patient Karnamaya Mongar. The attorney for Mongar's family say they plan on suing both Gosnell and the city.

Gosnell was also sentenced to concurrent sentences for 229 violations of Pennsylvania abortion regulations, according to the District Attorney's Office. Gosnell will also plead guilty to federal charges of running a pill mill, which started the probe into his abortion clinic. Gosnell's wife, Pearl, has not yet been sentenced.

Galinksi says she's relieved she did not have to decide whether Gosnell lives or dies.

“Today marks the end of a long, sad chapter in Philadelphia’s history," Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams said at a press conference. “I’ve seen a lot of senseless violence and cruel acts during my short tenure as the Philadelphia District Attorney. This case is arguably the most gruesome, the most vile.”

Williams thanked the hard work of the prosecution, police and jury as he explained how

“Kermit Gosnell will never kill another baby. He will never kill another woman seeking his medical assistance," Williams said.

"Employees will never have to clear sewage pipes clogged with mangled bodies and squirming, crying, breathing babies will never have their spines severed by his scissors."

Before the sentencing began, Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Minehart, prosecutors and the defense went behind closed doors to thank the jury for their service in the emotional and hot button case.

A gag order was in effect in the case since it went to trial two months ago.

Gosnell's deal surprised many who expected the convicted murder to sentenced next Tuesday during official penalty proceedings.

"Like any deal there's a give and take on any side," Gosnell's attorney Jack McMahon said following the deal's announcement Tuesday.

McMahon believes his client chose the deal to avoid having his family part of penalty proceedings.

"They've been conspicuously absent and that has been intentional because of the media focus," McMahon said. "Bringing them all forward for a penalty phase troubled him and therefor I think this was a deal that worked out for both sides."

Gosnell has six children including a son in college and another child in high school.

The former abortion doctor's sentencing draws the end to the case closer -- after stretching on for years.

Gosnell's clinic was dubbed a “house of horrors” by Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams in a 2011 grand jury report after investigators uncovered macabre and deplorable conditions inside.

Prosecutors say Gosnell delivered four babies alive during abortion procedures and then killed them by snipping their spinal cords with scissors. He was acquitted in the death of the fourth baby.

Mongar, 41, died after she was given a lethal dose of pain killers and anesthesia during a 2009 abortion procedure at the clinic. Gosnell was charged with third-degree murder in her death, but the jury delivered a lesser verdict of involuntary manslaughter.

Gosnell was also accused of regularly violating Pennsylvania's abortion laws — including performing late-term abortions. In Pennsylvania, it is illegal to perform abortions on fetuses after they reach 24 weeks.

McMahon said before the sentencing deal that his client's bid for acquittal was a battle.

"The media has been overwhelmingly against him," McMahon said. "But I think the jury listened to the evidence ... and they found what they found."

Prosecutors Joanne Pescatore and Ed Cameron were pursuing the death penalty in the case because of the multiple murders. They also felt Gosnell had taken advantage of his victims.

At 72 years old, Gosnell may have died in prison appealing a death sentence before even being able to be executed.

After the criminal case is done, Gosnell will then prepare to be tried in federal court on allegations he was running an illegal narcotics operation out of his clinic. That trial is set to begin in September.


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



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<![CDATA["House of Horrors" Trial in Pictures]]>Wed, 15 May 2013 17:31:23 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/edt-AP922608775247.jpgA look at images from the murder trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell.

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<![CDATA[Gosnell's Wife, Staff to be Sentenced]]>Tue, 14 May 2013 16:33:34 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/pearl-gosnell.jpg

The wife of former Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell and some of his staff will finally learn how long they’ll spend behind bars for their role in the “House of Horrors” later this month.

Pearl Gosnell, 52, pled guilty in December 2011 to four crimes including criminal conspiracy, corrupt organization and performing illegal abortions.

Sentencing has been on hold as a Philadelphia jury weighed murder charges against the former doctor. On Tuesday afternoon, in a deal with prosecutors, Gosnell waived his right to appeal in return for two consecutive life sentences, he had been facing the death penalty. Court officials have set a sentencing date of May 29 for the remaining charges.

Several of Pearl Gosnell’s co-workers from the Women’s Medical Society, Kermit Gosnell’s West Philadelphia clinic, will also be sentenced on the same day.

Sherry West, 56, Adrienne Moton, 35, Steven Massof, 51, and Lynda Williams, 45, all pled guilty in late 2011 to third-degree murder for their roles in either snipping babies necks during late-term abortion procedures or the overdose death of former clinic patient Karnamaya Mongar.

The foursome, along with fellow employee Tina Baldwin, 48, also pled guilty to conspiracy and corrupt organization charges.

On Monday, Kermit Gosnell was found guilty of first-degree murder in the deaths of three babies. He was also found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in Mongar’s death and of more than 200 counts of abortion law violations.

The 72-year-old owner of the Women’s Medical Society, the West Philadelphia clinic where the crimes happened, will be sentenced for his crimes on Tuesday. The clinic was dubbed a “House of Horrors” by Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams in a 2011 grand jury report after investigators uncovered macabre and deplorable conditions inside.

Many of the former employees testified in Kermit Gosnell’s capital murder trial. Prosecutors are expected to take their cooperation into account when recommending sentencing at the upcoming proceedings.

Pearl Gosnell did not testify against her husband.

One Women’s Medical Society employee that will not be sentenced along with her co-workers will be Eileen O’Neill. The 56-year-old served as a co-defendant in Kermit Gosnell’s trial. She was found guilty of conspiracy, conspiracy to commit corrupt organization and two counts of theft by deception.

O’Neill will be sentenced alongside Kermit Gosnell next Tuesday.


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<![CDATA[Abortion Doctor Found Guilty]]>Mon, 13 May 2013 23:45:26 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Gosnell+Walk.jpgMonday, a jury found abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell guilty of killing 3 babies who were born alive. He was also found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the overdose death of an adult patient. So what's next for Dr. Gosnell? NBC10's LuAnn Cahn says he will face a jury next week, to determine his sentence.

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<![CDATA[Gosnell Sentencing Expected]]>Wed, 15 May 2013 06:38:40 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/gosnell+closing+1+crop.jpgDr. Kermit Gosnell is expected to be sentenced to life in prison for the first-degree murder of three babies born alive and other crimes committed in his West Philadelphia abortion clinic after his defense team reached a deal to spare Gosnell from the death penalty. NBC10's Tim Furlong previews what to expect.

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<![CDATA[What Might Gosnell's Defense Be Against Death Penalty]]>Tue, 14 May 2013 08:33:18 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Gosnell_Trial_Sketch.jpgDefense lawyer Enrique Latoison discusses the first-degree murder verdicts for Philly abortion Dr. Kermit Gosnell.]]><![CDATA[Gosnell Returns to Jail]]>Mon, 13 May 2013 16:40:09 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Gosnell+Walk.jpgRaw video of former abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell heading back to jail after being found guilty on three of four counts of first-degree murder involving the deaths of four babies. He was also found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of a former patient. Click here for more details.

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<![CDATA[What's Next for Gosnell?]]>Mon, 13 May 2013 20:09:24 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000004183982_722x406_30126147645.jpgDr. Kermit Gosnell was found guilty of three counts of first degree murder as well as involuntary manslaughter. But what's next for Gosnell? NBC10's Lu Ann Cahn tells that side of the story.]]><![CDATA[Philly Abortion Doc Guilty of Murder, 233 Other Crimes]]>Mon, 08 Jul 2013 15:54:58 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Gosnell+Walk.jpg

Former Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell was convicted of first-degree murder in the deaths of three babies authorities said were born alive before having their necks cut with scissors. A jury found Gosnell not guilty of first-degree murder in a fourth baby’s death.

In addition to the murder charges, the 72-year-old was found guilty Monday of involuntary manslaughter in the overdose death of former patient Karnamaya Mongar.

Gosnell was also found guilty of several other crimes including one count of infanticide, two counts of conspiracy, 21 of 24 counts of abortion of an unborn child of 24 weeks or more and 208 of 227 counts of violation of informed consent of an abortion.

In all, Gosnell was found guilty of 237 crimes. He will now face the death penalty in the sentencing phase, which will begin a week from Tuesday.

"Obviously, the jury has spoken," said Jack McMahon, Gosnell's attorney, following the proceedings.

"As I said to the jury as I closed to them, whatever verdict they gave I would respect and would be the right verdict."

McMahon said he did not regret not putting Gosnell on the stand during the proceedings and says he hadn't decided whether Gosnell will take the stand during the penalty phase. He also commended the prosecution. The veteran attorney not able to say much more as a gag order remains in place until the penalty phase is completed.

According to court observers, as the verdict was read by the jury foreman, Gosnell didn't react at first. However, once the full charges had been announced, he shook his head from side-to-side, trying to make eye contact with members of the jury.

Assistant District Attorney Joanne Pescatore cried as she hugged a member of the Philadelphia Police Crime Scene Unit following the verdict. She and fellow ADA Ed Cameron did not speak as they left the Philadelphia Criminal Justice Center in Center City Philadelphia.

The jury of seven women and five men weighed a total of 263 crimes against Gosnell with the most serious being four counts of first-degree murder.

The courtroom was locked down and reporters told to turn off all electronic devices when the jury foreman, juror number 5, read the verdict aloud.

Earlier in the day, the jury had told the court they were deadlocked on two counts. It is unclear on which charges the jury was deadlocked, however the group told the court it had reached a consensus on all other counts.

At approximately 10 a.m. Monday, the jury passed a note to Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart explaining their situation. The admission came on the 10th day of deliberations.

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By law, according to attorneys for both sides, Judge Minehart was required to re-instruct the jury to deliberate on the two charges a second time and attempt to reach a verdict.

Judge Minehart brought the jury into the courtroom on the third-floor of the Philadelphia Criminal Justice Center around 11:15 a.m.

Over a five minute meeting, he reminded the jury they must be unanimous on all counts and asked the group to return to the jury room and discuss the charges further. The group was grim-faced as they were led from the court.

Judge Minehart called the jury sincere, considerate and serious. The judge also said he wanted to make sure the group was not confused over the charges.

Gosnell, a resident of West Philadelphia, was charged on January 14, 2011 with 263 crimes, including first-degree murder in the deaths of four babies. Prosecutors allege Gosnell delivered the babies alive during abortion procedures and then killed them by snipping their spinal cords with scissors.

Gosnell was also charged with third-degree murder in the of former patient Karnamaya Mongar.

Mongar, 41, died after she was given a lethal dose of pain killers and anesthesia during a 2009 abortion procedure at Gosnell's West Philadelphia clinic, the Women's Medical Society.

The former doctor's defense attorney has argued Gosnell would inject a drug into his patients' uterus to stop the fetuses' hearts before they were delivered.

The majority of the 263 charges levied against Gosnell are related to alleged Pennsylvania abortion-law violations. Prosecutors say Gosnell regularly performed late-term abortions on babies older than 24 weeks -- the cutoff age in Pennsylvania.

The jury also ruled in the case of  Gosnell's co-defendant Eileen O'Neill -- finding her guilty of conspiracy, conspiracy to commit corrupt organization and two counts of theft by deception. She was found not guilty of five additional counts.

Prosecutors said O'Neill deceived patients and insurance companies by pretending to be a licensed physician and billing for those services.

Her defense said while O'Neill was not licensed, she did have a medical degree and would always have Gosnell sign off on her recommendations and prescriptions. O'Neill's attorney also said there is no evidence of the 56-year-old charging for her services.

O'Neill covered her face as she left court. As reporters peppered her with questions, O'Neill only said she was under the gag order. She is currently on house arrest.

THE DISCOVERY OF A "HOUSE OF HORRORS" AND TRIAL

The alleged crimes came to light on February 10, 2010 after investigators from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Drug Enforcement Agency raided the inner-city clinic at 3801 Lancaster Avenue following a tip that a prescription pill mill was operating inside.

Agents were met, not with an illegal narcotics drug operation, but rather, unsanitary conditions. Investigators testified they found blood-stained rooms, filthy and old equipment and untrained staff. Aborted fetuses were stored in a basement freezer in plastic food containers and bags next to employee lunches. Severed feet from aborted babies were found preserved in jars around the clinic.

The conditions found inside the clinic led Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams to call the clinic a "house of horrors" in a 2011 grand jury report.

Over the course of the trial which started on March 18 and lasted two months, former clinic employees testified against Gosnell.

Adrienne Moton was first to testify. Moton, 35, recalled several abortion procedures in court including one where the mother delivered the baby into a toilet.

The 35-year-old described how the baby seemed to struggle in the bowl before she snipped its neck with scissors. She admitted to cutting 10 babies' necks, calling the snipping  "common practice" at the clinic.

Moton also took a picture of one of the babies Gosnell is accused of murdering. Referred in court as Baby A, Moton says the boy was nearly 30 weeks old when he was aborted.

She claims Gosnell even joked about the baby’s size saying he was so big the baby could have walked to the bus stop. The graphic photo, was among others, shown to the jury.

Lynda Williams testified how she would administer pain killers and anesthesia acting as the clinic's anesthesiologist. The 44-year-old had no formal training and only an 8th grade education.

Williams was the person who delivered four doses of drugs to Mongar during her procedure. She described how the woman's skin turned gray and her breathing slowed following the last dose.

She also admitted to snipping the neck of one of the babies Gosnell is charged with murdering, referred to in court as Baby C.

Both women pled guilty to third-degree murder in exchange for their testimony against Gosnell. They face 60-120 years in prison.

Other workers described babies being born alive, watching them breath and seeing their limbs move before being "snipped." Some described the babies as "aliens" who made odd noises, others said it would "rain fetuses" in the clinic.

Kareema Cross was last to testify. The 28-year-old used a fake name when she alerted the DEA to conditions inside the Women's Medical Society. She took a series of photos of her working environment, eventually turning them over to authorities.

Several medical experts also took the stand during the trial. Among them, Philadelphia's Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Sam Gulino.

Dr. Gulino testified he examined 47 fetuses and while three had the possibility of viability, he could not say for certain if any were born alive.

Prosecutors Joanne Pescatore and Ed Cameron spent five weeks presenting their case calling 36 witnesses. In contrast, Gosnell's attorney Jack McMahon only spent one day and called none.

McMahon did not call any witnesses when it was time for the defense. The bullish attorney instead stood up and rested his case. He did, however, spend hours reliving testimony in the trial during his closing arguments -- trying to use the prosecution's case to create doubt.

The 60-year-old attorney maintained babies were never delivered alive. He says Gosnell would inject the drug Digoxin into the womb to stop the fetus' heart. Labor would then be induced and the dead baby delivered, he said.

McMahon was previously successful in getting Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart to throw out several charges, including three counts of first-degree murder for a lack of evidence.

THE TALE OF TWO DOCTORS

Both sides painted very different pictures of the former doctor. The prosecution claimed Gosnell took advantage of poor, vulnerable, desperate women all while making millions. They claimed he also preyed on his staff.

During her opening arguments on March 18, Pescatore told jurors that for Gosnell, his abortion practice was all about the money. "He had high volume and maximum profit," she said. Police found $250,000 in cash during a 2010 search of his home.

Prosecutors claimed Gosnell would upcharge for pain killers and let the patients choose the amount of anesthesia they wanted. They were broken down into four categories -- local, heavy, twilight and custom.

Pescatore also said Gosnell would treat patients differently based on their race. White women would be taken to cleaner exam rooms and be treated directly by Gosnell. Black women would get dirty rooms and unlicensed workers, they alleged.

McMahon angrily discounted the claims calling the prosecution "elitist" and "racist" adding the case had become "a prosecutorial lynching."

He said Gosnell was a family man who gave up lucrative opportunities at medical centers across the country to serve the depressed West Philadelphia community.

Gosnell operated his three-story clinic for more than 31 years. McMahon says Gosnell treated thousands of patients and performed thousands of abortions inside the clinic over the years.

THE JURY

The jury consisted of seven women and five men. Most of the jurors are blue collar workers with four working for public transit agency SEPTA. All said they were either pro-choice or had no opinion on a woman's right to choose.

The group were subjected to graphic images and testimony over the course of the trial. Some visibly flinched at the evidence, while others teared up. They also got a glimpse at some of the equipment used inside the clinic.

Pescatore said she wanted to take the jury to the clinic, but was unable. So she had an exam table, ultrasound machine and other equipment placed in the middle of the third-floor courtroom at the Philadelphia Criminal Justice Center. The equipment sat there for nearly the entire trial, just feet from the jury box.

NATIONAL ATTENTION AND THE AFTERMATH

The case sparked national attention with national media outlets, cable news channels and conservative bloggers descending on Philadelphia to cover the trial.

President Barack Obama said he was aware of the trial and pro-life bloggers claimed there was a lack of media coverage in the case. A claim outlets, including NBC10.com, rebuked.

The case also brought light to deficiencies in state oversight. The Pennsylvania Department of Health admitted the clinic went nearly two decades without being inspected.

Legislators later passed a law to require more stringent rules for abortion clinics in the Commonwealth.

Gosnell won't be done with court once this trial is adjourned. He still faces federal charges for allegedly running an illegal narcotics operation out of the clinic.

As he was led from the courthouse in shackles and a gray prison outfit, Gosnell smirked to the waiting media, before being loaded by sheriff deputies into a van and returned to jail.

NBC10's Yoni Greenbaum, Emad Khalil, Daralene Jones, Doug Shimell and Lu Ann Cahn contributed to this report.


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



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<![CDATA[Gosnell Jury Asks to Go Home Early]]>Sat, 11 May 2013 15:28:32 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000004168983_722x406_29880387623.jpgJurors in the Kermit Gosnell murder trial are burned out after nine days of deliberating. Today, they asked the judge if they could go home early. NBC10’s Daralene Jones reports from the Criminal Justice Center.]]><![CDATA[9 Days of Deliberations, No Verdict]]>Fri, 10 May 2013 12:00:52 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Gosnell-Jury-5.jpgThe jury deciding abortion Dr. Kermit Gosnell's fate remained behinds closed doors Friday, the jury's ninth day in deliberations. NBC10's Daralene Jones reports from the courthouse.]]><![CDATA[More Testimony Sought in Gosnell Abortion Clinic Trial]]>Thu, 09 May 2013 17:44:25 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/adrienne+moton+gosnell.jpg

After re-hearing four hours worth of testimony from a former employee of Dr. Kermit Gosnell Wednesday, jurors deliberating murder charges against the former abortion doctor would like to hear a second employee’s sworn comments.

Now in their eighth day of deliberations in the murder trial, the jury requested to hear the testimony of Adrienne Moton. The 35-year-old was the first employee to testify in the trial and cried on the stand.

The jury is interested in hearing Moton's testimony regarding a baby that was delivered into a toilet inside the West Philadelphia clinic, Women's Medical Society. Moton described how the baby seemed to struggle in the toilet before she snipped its neck with scissors.

Moton also took a picture of one of the babies Gosnell is accused of murdering. Referred in court as Baby A, Moton says the boy was nearly 30 weeks old when he was aborted. Pennsylvania law prohibits abortions beyond 24-weeks.

She claims Gosnell even joked about the baby’s size saying he was so big the baby could have walked to the bus stop.

Gosnell faces first-degree murder charges in the deaths of four babies. He is accused of delivering the babies alive and then killing them by cutting their spinal cords. Prosecutors say Gosnell regularly performed late-term abortions at his clinic.

The 72-year-old is also charged with third-degree murder in the death of 41-year-old Karnamaya Mongar. A native of Bhutan and resident of Virginia, Mongar died during a 2009 abortion procedure. Prosecutors say she was given a lethal dose of pain killers and anesthesia.

On Wednesday, jurors heard more than 200 pages of testimony from Lynda Williams, the woman who administered those drugs to Mongar. Williams acted as the clinic’s anesthesiologist, even though she had no certification or formal training and simply an 8th grade education. She already pled guilty to third-degree murder.

Moton has pled guilty to third-degree murder as well, in turn for her testimony against Gosnell. She told the court she had snipped the spinal cords of 10 fetuses during her time at the clinic.

The woman said snipping was a "common practice" at the clinic. She faces 60-120 years in prison for her crimes.

Jurors spent about three hours listening to Moton's testimony Thursday before returning to deliberations around 2:45 p.m. They finished for the day about an hour later without a verdict.

Jack McMahon, Gosnell’s defense attorney, has said his client never delivered a baby alive. He said Gosnell used the drug Digoxin to stop the babies hearts in the womb before they were delivered.

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

Deliberations will continue for a ninth day on Friday.


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



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<![CDATA[Worker's Testimony Requested by Gosnell Jury]]>Tue, 07 May 2013 21:57:17 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/gosnell+closing+1+crop.jpg

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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<![CDATA[Jurors Request Testimony of Gosnell Worker]]>Tue, 07 May 2013 18:12:54 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000004138023_722x406_29246531606.jpgDefense attorney Enrique Latoison talks about what jurors are dealing with now in the 6th day of deliberations in the Dr. Kermit Gosnell murder trial.]]><![CDATA[Former D.A. Talks Gosnell Deliberations]]>Mon, 06 May 2013 13:05:21 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Lynne_Abraham_Gosnell_Trial.jpgFormer Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham talks about the high-profile murder trial of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell.]]><![CDATA[Attorney Speaks on Abortion Trial]]>Mon, 06 May 2013 17:55:27 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Attorney-on-Aborition-Trial.jpgLocal attorney Enrique Latoison provides insight on the latest developments in the Kermit Gosnell trial.]]><![CDATA[Jurors Question Murder in Gosnell Abortion Clinic Trial]]>Mon, 06 May 2013 16:57:54 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Gosnell+Jury+sketch.jpg

Jurors in the Dr. Kermit Gosnell murder trial started off their fifth day of deliberations with a question about varying murder charges.

The jury of 12 asked Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Minehart to explain the differences between first and third-degree murder. They also asked for definition of the crimes malice, manslaughter and infanticide.

The jury has asked several questions related to the Gosnell capital murder case that's stretched on for seven weeks.

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.

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

Defense attorney Jack McMahon has said his client never delivered a baby alive during procedures at his West Philadelphia clinic, the Women's Medical Society. 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.

The jury was brought back into the third-floor courtroom at the Philadelphia Criminal Justice Center to hear the charges again around 11 a.m. Monday. The explanations lasted 25 minutes. The courtroom doors were locked as Judge Minehart defined each charge.

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.

The jury has asked a handful of questions over the course of deliberations. Former Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham says the fact the jury has asked many questions suggests they are taking their time with the cases.

"I think the jury is trying to be very thoughtful and very careful, not rushing to judgment," Abraham said.

The former DA says the difference between first and third-degree murder hinges on pre-mediation.

"First-degree murder is a murder committed with willful, deliberate and pre-meditated state with an intent to kill. That's the grand ingredient of murder -- malice plus an intent to kill specifically," she said.

"Third-degree murder is a death which results with malice, but there's no specific intent to kill, but nevertheless, the person dies."

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

Gosnell's wife Pearl and other former employees, all who have pled guilty to various crimes, were set to be sentenced Monday, but those proceedings were continued.

By 4 p.m., the jury had finished deliberating for the day. The sixth day of deliberations will continue at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.



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