Gosnell Found Guilty Of 1st-Degree Murders Of 3 Babies

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PHILADELPHIA –

Kermit Gosnell has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the deaths of three babies at his West Philadelphia abortion clinic.

He has also been found guilty of one count of involuntary manslaughter in the death of a patient.

And he was found guilty of one count of infanticide.

Police alleged that the babies were born alive and, in at least two of the three cases for which he was found guilty, Gosnell snipped the back of their necks himself.

In the third killing, Gosnell was accused of ordering employees at his clinic to do so.

Gosnell faced 267 charges in all. Of those, 227 counts of violation of the informed consent abortion, meaning you’re supposed to get 24 hours to think about it before going through with the abortion. He was only found not guilty of 16 counts.

And he faced 24 counts of performing an abortion beyond 24 weeks. He was found guilty of all but three of those counts.

Monday marked the tenth day of deliberations. Jurors left early Friday, telling the judge they were drained. Word came shortly after 1 p.m. Friday when they were only scheduled to deliberate until 2 p.m. They apparently could not bear even one more hour.

Then, Monday morning, jurors said they were split on two of the counts. Which ones were not specified. The judge ordered them to go back and deliberate some more, which they did for a little over two hours before word of a verdict came.

FOX 29’s Claudia Gomez reported that the judge ordered everyone to stay in the courtroom until the complete verdict was read. She was in the front row and watching Gosnell.

“As the jury foreman read out loud ‘guilty’ on the first three counts or first-degree murder, you could see Dr. Gosnell lean back a little bit, and he seemed quite surprised,” Gomez reported. “And he kept sort of blowing out air. He seemed a little bit stunned.”

Then, the lawyers had the jury polled to make sure it was a unanimous verdict.

“And as each juror stood up and said ‘guilty,’ that they agree with the vote, you could see, again, the doctor seemed surprised, he was shaking his head ‘no’ several times, almost imperceptibly,” Gomez added. “… At one point it almost seemed like he was going to start crying before they led him out of the courtroom.”

There was one co-defendant in the case. Eileen O’Neill, a medical school graduate who practiced with Gosnell, was found guilty of conspiracy and theft by deception counts for performing work on patients without a license.

So, loud and clear the jury said with its verdict that it agreed with the prosecution on the vast majority of these charges.

Jurors have been released for the day, but the panel will have to come back one week from Tuesday for the penalty phase, during which they’ll decide whether or not to give Gosnell the death penalty.

O’Neill will be sentenced on July 15. She is currently on house arrest.

A gag order issued by the judge in this case remains in effect, but attorneys in the case have been making some statements.

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