PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A Philadelphia abortion doctor charged with killing a patient and seven babies born alive is demanding a preliminary evidence hearing despite a lengthy grand jury indictment.
Dr. Kermit Gosnell is in court Tuesday along with his wife Pearl and eight employees. Dr. Gosnell and four others are charged with murder and the rest with lesser counts.
Prosecutors say the 10 people charged do not have the right to a probable-cause hearing because the grand jury authorized the murder, conspiracy and other charges in a lengthy report. Most of the defendants have joined in seeking a preliminary hearing.
Authorities say illegal, later-term abortions were performed at the filthy clinic, and that untrained workers provided anesthesia and other medical services. Gosnell is now represented by criminal defense lawyer Jack McMahon.
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