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Trial Opens in Abortion Doctor's Killing

An anti-abortion extremist went on trial Monday for the 1998 slaying of a doctor who performed abortions, with defense attorneys acknowledging James Kopp shot the physician. The case is being heard by a judge because Kopp waived his right to have the evidence considered by a jury. Kopp has pleaded innocent to murder charges, saying he only intended to wound Dr. Barnett Slepian. Judge Michael D’Amico will rule based on a 35-page list of facts, followed by attorneys’ arguments over what those facts mean legally. Kopp entered the courtroom Monday in handcuffs, then nodded and smiled to the Rev. Michael Bray, leader of the Army of God anti-abortion group. Kopp did not look at Lynne Slepian, the doctor’s widow. Full Story

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