12 jurors seated for Philly abortion doc's trial

AP News
Posted: Mar 12, 2013 7:21 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Twelve jurors have now been selected for the capital murder trial of a Philadelphia abortion provider.

Dr. Kermit Gosnell is charged with eight counts of murder in the deaths of a female patient and seven babies who prosecutors say were killed after late-stage abortions.

Gosnell has pleaded not guilty.

After more than a week of jury selection, a Philadelphia man became the last regular juror chosen Tuesday. But lawyers are still searching for six alternates since the trial could last two months.

Prosecutors say the 72-year-old Gosnell ran a rogue clinic that flouted health and safety laws governing abortions, anesthesia and the distribution of painkillers.

A 2011 grand jury report alleges that untrained staff performed complex medical duties before Gosnell came to the clinic each day.