Jury deadlocked in Gosnell trial

Jury deadlocked in Gosnell trial

A Philadelphia jury told the judge Monday that it is deadlocked on two counts in the murder trial of a longtime abortion provider.

Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 72, is accused of killing a patient and four babies allegedly born alive and then killed with scissors.

The jury said it was divided in a note passed to the judge around 10:30 a.m. Monday on the 10th day of deliberations.

It’s not clear whether the judge will ask jurors to try again to reach a verdict, but judges typically instruct a jury to do so.

The note did not say what counts have deadlocked the panel.

In addition to the five murder charges, Gosnell also faces more than 200 charges of violating abortion law. Prosecutors say he performed illegal, third-term abortions and failed to counsel women 24 hours in advance.

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