A Philadelphia jury is breaking for the weekend amid deliberations in the capital murder case of an abortion provider.
For weeks, jurors in Philadelphia heard grim testimony about deaths and squalor at Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s inner-city abortion clinic. While they listened, the murder case reverberated far beyond the courtroom, changing — at least for the moment — the tone of the national debate on abortion.
Philadelphia prosecutors predicted two years ago that the indictment of an abortion provider charged with killing babies would be exploited by both sides of the nation’s polarized abortion debate.
Witness Lamont Lewis has admitted to committing 11 murders, including the arson murders of a witness’s family, but the defense contends he is lying about others to help himself.
Prosecutor Thomas Lipscomb has told the jury 87-year-old George Greaves survived the deadliest war in human history, only to be gunned down, shot once in the chest, in his driveway by a teenage girl.
Jury deliberations are scheduled to resume this morning in the murder trial of Donte Johnson. He is accused of raping and strangling 20-year-old Sabina O’Donnel near her Northern Liberties home two years ago.
Khalil Wimes, 6, weighed just 29 pounds when he died last month. Parents Floyd and Tina are accused of abusing Khalil and face 1st degree murder charges.
There’s been heartbreaking testimony in the trial of a former Philadelphia police officer charged with murdering a young man during a Port Richmond neighborhood fight in 2009.
Witnesses described the chaos and horror as a bar patron, kicked out for smoking, returns with a vengeance and a hail of bullets.
A 13-year-old testifies to witnessing a murder, but can’t face the court. A 58-year-old woman testifies to witnessing another murder, and has one chilling wish: she hopes nobody hurts her. This is a typical day (yesterday), in courtroom 306, where murder preliminary hearings are heard.
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