(PHILADELPHIA) — Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell was found guilty Monday of first degree murder in three of four infant deaths. Gosnell was also convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of a female patient who was given a lethal dose of sedatives and pain killers in 2009.
Gosnell, 72, could face the death penalty.
The verdict came hours after the jurors alerted the judge that they were deadlocked on two counts. The judge told the jurors to try again for a unanimous verdict. The decision came on the jury’s 10th day of deliberations.
It was not clear which of the more than 200 counts in the case, which include racketeering, had deadlocked the jury.
Gosnell was accused of performing late-term abortions on four babies who were born alive, but were then allegedly killed by Gosnell.
For two months, the jury heard often grisly testimony, including from members of Gosnell’s staff. Eight staffers have pleaded guilty to several crimes. Prosecutors said none of the staff were licensed nurses or doctors.
Gosnell ran the Women’s Medical Society in West Philadelphia for decades until February 2010, when FBI agents raided his clinic looking for evidence of prescription drug dealing.
Instead they found, as reported in a nearly 300-page grand jury report released in 2011, a filthy, decrepit “house of horrors.”
Blood was on the floor, the clinic reeked of urine and bags of fetal remains were stacked in freezers. The clinic was shut down and Gosnell’s medical license was suspended after the raid.
Despite repeated complaints to state officials over the years — as well as 46 lawsuits filed against Gosnell — investigators said in the report that state regulators had conducted five inspections since the clinic had opened in 1979.
Gosnell’s lawyer Jack McMahon maintains his client served his community and never killed a live, born baby.
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