Anti-abortionist is convicted of murder of obstetricianBMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7391.678/c (Published 29 March 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:678
- Fred Charatan
James Kopp, 48, was found guilty on 18 March of second degree murder in the shooting of Dr Barnett Slepian, a New York state obstetrician. Dr Slepian, 52, was the last of seven people killed in attacks on abortion clinics and their staff from 1993 to 1998 (BMJ 1998;317:1174).
Mr Kopp admitted shooting Dr Slepian in his suburban home near Buffalo, New York, on 23 October 1998. Hiding in the bushes and armed with a high powered assault rifle, Mr Kopp fired a single shot …