(Philadelphia, PA CNN) A Philadelphia jury has reached a verdict in the murder trial of an abortion doctor accused in the deaths of four infants and a woman at his clinic.
Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 72, has been found guilty on three of four charges of first degree murder of babies born alive during abortions.
According to WPVI-TV, “Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 72, was cleared in the death of a fourth baby, who prosecutors say let out a soft whimper before he snipped its neck.”
Authorities alleged that some of the infants were born alive and viable during the sixth, seventh and eighth months of pregnancy.
Gosnell was also found guilty of 21 counts of abortion of the unborn, 24 weeks or older.
Gosnell used scissors to cut through the spinal cords of the babies.
One nurse said she played with a child before it was killed. Another said a child was born in a toilet then killed.
He also found guilty in the death of in the death of Karnamaya Mongar, 41, who died of an anesthetic overdose during a second-trimester abortion at his West Philadelphia clinic.
Gosnell also is charged with conspiracy, abortion at 24 or more weeks of pregnancy, theft, corruption of minors, solicitation and other related offenses.
He faces 19 charges, and a total of 263 counts.
In Pennsylvania, abortions past 24 weeks are illegal unless the health of the mother is at stake.
The jury, after deliberating for two weeks, was hung on two counts. The judge instructed the jurors earlier Monday to continue trying to reach a verdict on them.
Defense attorney Jack McMahon, in an impassioned, 2½-hour closing argument, said that none of the infants was killed; rather, he said, they were already dead as a result of Gosnell administering the drug Digoxin, which can cause abortion.
Gosnell also was accused of reusing unsanitary instruments; performing procedures in filthy rooms, including some in which litter boxes and animals allegedly were present at the time; and allowing unlicensed employees — including a teenage high school student — to perform operations and administer anesthesia.
The remains of aborted fetuses were stored in water jugs, pet food containers and a freezer at the clinic, the city’s chief medical examiner Sam Gulino testified.
Former employee Kareema Cross said Gosnell regularly performed illegal late-term abortions that he routinely recorded as “24.5 weeks.” In Pennsylvania, abortions past 24 weeks are illegal unless the health of the mother is at stake.
McMahon, who called no witnesses, accused prosecutors of “the most extraordinary hype and exaggeration in the history of the criminal justice system,” even adding that they are “elitist” and “racist.”
Gosnell has been accused by authorities of preying on low-income, minority women. McMahon argued that Gosnell offered access to health care for people who were poor and without health insurance.
During his closing remarks, Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney Edward Cameron turned to Gosnell and yelled, “Are you human?”
Gosnell smirked at Cameron without speaking. Cameron then continued, declaring, “It’s time for us to extinguish the fire he created.”
The doctor was first charged in January 2011.