Inside the Courtroom: “House of Horrors” Trial

Get a glimpse of inside the courtroom in Dr. Kermit Gosnell's murder trial.

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Prosecutor Joanne Pescatore delivers fiery opening statements to the jury in the murder trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell on Monday, March 18, 2013. Gosnell sits left, next to his attorney John McMahon. Also pictured: Eileen O'Neill, a former employee charged with the murder of a 41-year-old woman. MORE ON THIS STORY
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Dr. Kermit Gosnell, pictured right, is charged with the murder of seven babies and a 41-year-old woman. Prosecutors say Gosnell used scissors to snip the spinal cords of the babies. The woman died in 2009 after receiving a lethal dose of anesthesia and pain killers.
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A sketch shows medical equipment from Dr. Kermit Gosnell's abortion clinic inside the courtroom Wednesday, March 20, 2013. Prosecutor Joanne Pescatore says she brought the equipment into the courtroom to have the jury "live" the clinic.
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Shay’Quana Abrams testified in court on Tuesday, March 19 and Wednesday, March 20, 2013. Abrams is the mother of one of the babies Gosnell is accused of murdering. Gosnell performed her abortion in 2008. Her baby is referred to as Baby A in court.
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Dr. Daniel Conway, an expert in the treatment of premature infants, testified Wednesday, March 20, 2013 about the status of Baby A during the abortion. He viewed a photo of the baby to determine an age estimate. That photo was shown in court.
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"I wouldn't be surprised if this baby was 27, 28, 29 weeks," Conway told the court after examining the photo of Baby A in the fetal position. Conway says he was able to estimate its age based on the baby's skin texture and visible hair.
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Defense attorney Jack McMahon delivers his closing argument in the capital murder trial of former abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell.
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A sketch of some members of the Philadelphia jury deciding the murder case of former abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell.
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Kermit Gosnell, a former abortion doctor, sits in court as his attorney delivers closing arguments in his murder trial.
Dr. Kermit Gosnell and his lawyer, John McMahon, before Judge Jeffrey Minehart, Philadelphia, 5/15/13
Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 2nd from left, and his lawyer, John McMahon, at sentencing before Judge Jeffrey Minehart in Philadelphia. Asst. Dist. Attnys. Joanne Pescatore and Ed Cameron are in right foreground.
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