Kermit Gosnell Update: Jury in Phila. abortion doctor trial focuses on murder charges

(Insert) Dr. Kermit Gosnell; (Main) The Women's Medical Center in Philadelphia, is shown, Feb. 23, 2010.
Dr. Kermit Gosnell, accused in the deaths of babies allegedly born alive at The Women's Medical Center in Philadelphia.

(AP) PHILADELPHIA - Jurors are set to return for more deliberations in the murder trial of a Philadelphia abortion provider.

Dr. Kermit Gosnell is charged in the deaths of four babies and a patient. The jury has been deliberating for about eight days and left Thursday without a verdict.

The panel must also weigh about 250 lesser charges, including racketeering, conspiracy and alleged violations of Pennsylvania abortion law. Prosecutors say Gosnell routinely performed illegal, third-term abortions and failed to counsel women 24 hours in advance.

Jurors reheard several hours of testimony Thursday from a former clinic worker who admits snipping the neck of a baby born into a toilet. That suggests they have been working on one of the five murder charges.

Gosnell's lawyer insists there were no live births at the clinic.

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