Nightly News   |  May 13, 2013

Abortion doctor found guilty of first-degree murder

Dr. Kermit Gosnell was found guilty on three counts of first-degree murder for performing illegal late-term abortions and then killing babies who were born alive. He was also found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of a 41-year-old patient who was given an overdose of drugs. NBC’s Rehema Ellis reports.

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>>> a headses-up on this next story for those who may have young oneses present because of the grisly subject matter. after six weeks of testimony and ten days of jury deliberations a philadelphia doctor who performed illegal abortions has been found guilty of murder in a closely watched case that involves truly disturbing accusations. rehema ellis in our studios in new york with the late details. good evening.

>> reporter: good evening, brian. you're right. it was more than ten days of deliberating in a trial that began nearly two months ago. the jurors announced this morning they were deadlocked on two of the hundreds of counts against dr. gosnell , but this afternoon they came back quickly with a verdict. the 72-year-old was found guilty on three counts of first-degree murder. they say he performs illegal late term abortions and killed the babies who were born alive. the philadelphia doctor was acquitted in the death of a fourth baby. gosnell was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of a 41-year-old patient who was given an overdose of drugs. the prosecution described the women's clinic where the abogsss occurred as filthy and horrendous with untrained staff performing medical procedures. gosnell 's lawyer never called witnesses. the doctor maintained his innocence but never took the stand in his own defense. prosecutors now say they will seek the death penalty when that phase of the trial begins next week. brian?

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