Southeastern PA

Defense rests in murder trial of abortion provider, Dr. Kermit Gosnell

PHILADELPHIA - A Philadelphia abortion provider won't testify or call witnesses at his capital murder trial.

Dr. Kermit Gosnell's decision follows five weeks of prosecution evidence. Defense lawyer Jack McMahon has done his work by challenging witnesses on cross-examination.

The jury is expected to hear closing arguments on Monday.  

Gosnell, 72, is charged with killing four babies allegedly born alive at his clinic, dubbed by prosecutors as "the house of horrors." He is also charged in the 2009 overdose death of a 41-year-old refugee who died months after coming to the U.S.

Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Minehart rocked the trial Tuesday by dismissing some of the murder charges against Gosnell, who still faces the death penalty if he's convicted of killing the other four babies.

The defense has denied there were any live births at the clinic.


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