BALTIMORE (AP) — A Maryland prosecutor says he had to drop murder charges against two abortion doctors after learning that an expert witness expected to testify that the fetuses were terminated in the county would change his testimony.
Cecil County State’s Attorney Ellis Rollins said Wednesday, a day after he dismissed all charges against Drs. Steven Brigham of New Jersey and Nicola Riley of Utah, that prosecutors could have proven that the fetuses were viable, but they could no longer refute that terminations occurred elsewhere.READ MORE: Slamming Baltimore, Gov. Hogan Lays Out $150 Million 'Re-fund The Police' Plan
A 2005 Maryland law allows prosecutors to pursue murder charges in the death of a viable fetus, but until this case it had only been used when defendants were accused of assaulting or killing pregnant women.READ MORE: Baltimore Police Union Advises Officers To Not Disclose Their Vaccination Status Ahead Of City's Mandate
Rollins says prosecutors will review evidence to see if they missed anything.MORE NEWS: FDA Committee Recommends Boosters For Johnson & Johnson, Final Authorization Could Come Next Week
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