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Kermit Gosnell Murder Trial Update: Defense calls no witnesses in abortion case

Dr. Kermit Gosnell during an interview with the Philadelphia Daily News at his attorney's office in Philadelphia, March 8, 2010. AP Photo/Philadelphia Daily News, Yong Kim

Dr. Kermit Gosnell during an interview with the Philadelphia Daily News at his attorney's office in Philadelphia on March 8, 2010.
AP Photo/Philadelphia Daily News, Yong Kim

(CBS/AP) PHILADELPHIA - A Philadelphia jury won't hear from Dr. Kermit Gosnell before they weigh charges that the abortion provider killed a woman and four viable babies.

Gosnell decided Wednesday not to testify or call witnesses at his capital murder trial. The jury is set to hear closing arguments on Monday.

The 72-year-old doctor is charged with killing babies after they were born alive at his West Philadelphia clinic, which allegedly catered to poor, desperate women and teens with late-term pregnancies.

The trial judge this week dismissed charges involving three other babies, apparently finding the prosecution did not present sufficient evidence they were viable, born alive and then killed.

Gosnell also is charged in the 2009 overdose death of a 41-year-old abortion patient.

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