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May 13, 2013 10:38 AM by Adam Atchison

Pa. abortion clinic deaths jury split on 2 counts

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A Philadelphia jury says it's deadlocked on two counts in the murder trial of a longtime abortion provider.

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

The counts that divided the jury were not announced Monday. 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.

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.

Gosnell's lawyer argues that the babies were killed in the womb with an abortion drug, and he says the patient died of complications.

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