Two Abortion Doctors Face Murder Charges in Md.

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Two medical doctors, who were accused of performing late term abortions in Maryland, have been arrested and charged with multiple accounts of murder.

Dr. Steven Brigham of Voorhees, N.J., and Dr. Nicola Riley of Salt Lake City, Utah, were taken into custody last week.

They are awaiting separate extradition hearings.

Both physicians are accused of traveling to Maryland to perform late-term abortions.

A grand jury indicted the two doctors after a 16-month investigation, police said.

Officials say an 18-year-old, who was 21 weeks pregnant at the time, had complications during her abortion at a clinic in Elkton, Md.

Riley allegedly drove the teen to a nearby hospital instead of calling 9-1-1.

Later in a search of the Elkton clinic, police detectives also found a freezer filled with 35 late-term fetuses inside the clinic. One of the fetuses was reported to have been aborted at 36 weeks, court documents revealed.

Brigham, 55, is charged with five counts of first-degree murder, five counts of second-degree murder and one count of conspiracy. Riley, 46, faces one count each of first- and second-degree murder and one conspiracy count.

Maryland is one of 38 states that allows murder charges to be brought against someone accused of killing a viable fetus.

The 2005 state law has so far only been used for cases in which defendants were accused of assaulting or killing pregnant women.

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