Defense starts Monday in Philly abortion trial

By: MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press
By: MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - After five weeks of prosecution testimony, the defense begins Monday in the murder trial of Philadelphia abortion provider Kermit Gosnell.

The 72-year-old Gosnell is charged with killing a patient and seven babies.

Former clinic workers have testified that Gosnell taught them to snip the spines of aborted babies to make sure they had died.

The defense denies that any babies were born alive. And lawyer Jack McMahon has suggested the 41-year-old woman died of unforeseen complications.

It's not clear if Gosnell will testify before the jury gets the case.

Eight clinic employees have pleaded guilty, some to third-degree murder.

The only co-defendant, unlicensed doctor Eileen O'Neill, is charged with racketeering and working without a license. Her lawyer says she worked under Gosnell's supervision.

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