By Dave Andrusko
Reporter J.D. Mullane, who has done yeoman work in covering the murder trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell, tweeted today that the jury wants to review the testimony of one of Gosnell’s former employees, Lynda Williams. Since re-reading the entire Williams testimony will take three hours (according to defense attorney Jack McMahon), the jury was adjourned for the day. The seven women and five men will gather Wednesday at 8:30.
Williams herself was charged with severing the spinal cord of “Baby C.” She plead guilty to two counts of third degree murder and four related crimes.
Williams’ testimony, although reportedly delivered in a monotone, was riveting. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Joseph A. Slobodzian,
“One of her duties, Williams said, was to retrieve fetuses women would sometimes spontaneously abort in the waiting room after getting large doses of drugs to dilate the cervix.
“One day, Williams testified, a woman expelled a second-trimester fetus into the toilet and it was moving. Williams said she took a pair of scissors and snipped the spine as Gosnell showed her.
“’I did it once, and I didn’t do it again because it gave me the creeps,’ Williams said.
“Williams also told of how she administered the anesthesia on Nov. 19, 2009, the night abortion patient Karnamaya Mongar went into cardiac arrest.
“Prosecutors alleged that Mongar, 41, of Virginia, was overdosed with Demerol. That is the basis of one third-degree murder charge that Williams pleaded guilty to and also the third-degree murder charge against Gosnell.”
Slobodzian also detailed Williams’s testimony about Mrs. Mongar:
“As Gosnell performed the abortion on Mongar, Williams testified, she watched the pulse in the patient’s neck grow fainter and her skin get grayer.
“After the procedure was over, she said, Gosnell listened for a heartbeat and found none.
“’The doc got freaked out, hysterical,’ Williams testified. ‘He started doing CPR immediately.’
“Paramedics restored a heartbeat but Mongar was brain-dead when she reached the emergency room of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.”