UPDATE: Jury has reached verdicts. The courtroom is locked down and all electronics are off. We are awaiting word now. Stand by…
Philadelphia, PA – The jury in the Kermit Gosnell murder trial has informed Judge Jeffery Minehart that it is hung on two counts. It is unknown which two counts are hung.
The jury has indicated that it has reached verdicts on 261 other counts. Judge Minehart took less than five minutes to instruct the jury to go back and reconsider the two hung charges and attempt to come to a consensus without violating anyone’s conscience. He told them that their disagreement is a sign that they are taking the case seriously, according to reporters inside the courtroom.
If verdicts cannot be reached, the judge may accept the verdicts already reached and declare a mistrial on the two hung counts.
Gosnell faces 4 counts of first degree murder in the neck-snipping deaths of four babies born alive after late-term abortions at his squalid West Philadelphia abortion clinic. If convicted on even one of those counts, Gosnell could face the death penalty.
He also faces one count of third degree murder for the death of late-term patient Karnamaya Mongar, who died from a drug overdose administered by Gosnell’s unqualified and incompetent staff. Gosnell is accused of failing to use proper resuscitation practices, which contributed to her death.
In addition, Gosnell faces a host of charges related to illegal late-term abortions, informed consent violations, conspiracy, racketeering, and corrupt organization charges.
This is a breaking news story. Please watch for further developments.