Med. examiner, lawyer clash at doc's murder trial

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Associated Press

Posted on March 28, 2013 at 11:33 AM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia medical examiner clashed sharply with a defense lawyer as he justified changing an abortion patient's death from accidental overdose to "homicide."

Dr. Gary Collins on Thursday finished two days of testimony at the murder trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell.

The 72-year-old Gosnell is accused of letting his untrained staff overmedicate a 41-year-old patient during a 2009 abortion.

Collins says he classified Karnamaya Mongar's death as an "accident" the following year, based on the available evidence.

But he changed it to "homicide" four months later, as a grand jury investigated Gosnell's clinic practices.

Defense lawyer Jack McMahon noted that many of the witness statements were available early on.

Collins insisted that he changed his mind after getting more details about conditions at the clinic, including allegations that Gosnell used untrained staff and outdated medical equipment.

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