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Pa. jurors turn to murder charges in abortion case

Pa. jurors turn to murder charges in abortion case
FILE - In this March 8, 2010 file photo, Dr. Kermit Gosnell is seen during an interview with the Philadelphia Daily News at his attorney's office in Philadelphia. 2011 grand jury report on a busy west Philadelphia abortion clinic described patients being overmedicated, maimed and even killed during lax, long-unregulated procedures. But prosecutors say Dr. Kermit Gosnell also abused his low-paid staff, relying on untrained workers to anesthesize, prep and monitor patients before he arrived at night to perform surgery. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Daily News, Yong Kim, File)
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia abortion provider will spend another weekend in custody after a jury failed to reach a verdict in his murder case.

Dr. Kermit Gosnell is accused of killing four babies born alive. He's also charged in the 2009 overdose of a patient.

Jurors deliberated for more than three days before leaving Friday without a verdict. They are to return Monday.

They must weigh hundreds of counts against the 72-year-old Gosnell, many of them allegations he performed illegal, third-trimester abortions.

Jurors asked questions Friday about the murder, racketeering and conspiracy charges.

Gosnell's lawyer insists there were no live births at the clinic.

His former employee and unlicensed doctor Eileen O'Neill of Phoenixville is also on trial, charged with fraudulently billing as a doctor. Eight other former employees have pleaded guilty.
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