The Philadelphia jury in the murder trial of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell on Monday began its fourth full day of deliberations getting the judge to again review the law involving homicide.
Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart then instructed the jury about the definitions of first- and third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter.
The jury of seven women and five men must decide if Gosnell, 72, is guilty of first- or third-degree murder in the deaths of four babies allegedly born alive during illegal late-term abortions and killed by him or his staff.
The jury could also acquit Gosnell of the charges if they find that the prosecution did not prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt.
The jury is also considering whether Gosnell is guilty of third-degree murder or involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 death of abortion patient Karnamaya Mongar, 41, of Virginia, who allegedly died of an overdose of Demerol administered by Gosnell’s untrained staff.
According to the judge, first-degree murder involves the malicious premeditated killing of another human being. Third-degree murder is a killing without premeditation but involving malice and a reckless disregard for the consequences of the killer’s acts.
Involuntary manslaughter involves a death through recklessness or negligence but without premeditation or malice on the part of the killer.