Jury split on two counts in Kermit Gosnell abortion case

Written by The Associated Press | May 13, 2013 12:02 PM

(Philadelphia) -- A Philadelphia jury has been asked to try to keep working to try to break a deadlock on two counts in the murder trial of a longtime abortion provider.

Dr. Kermit Gosnell is accused of killing a patient and four babies allegedly born alive and then killed with scissors. He also faces racketeering and conspiracy charges, and hundreds of counts alleging he performed illegal, third-trimester abortions or failed to counsel women.

It's not clear which two counts have jurors divided. They have been weighing the more than 200 counts in the case for 10 days.

Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Minehart has asked the panel to try to reach a unanimous verdict.

Gosnell's lawyer argues that the babies were killed in the womb with an abortion drug, and he says the patient died of complications.

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