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Jury Indicts Fugitive Extremist in Killing of Abortion Provider

A federal grand jury has indicted fugitive anti-abortion extremist James Charles Kopp in the 1998 sniper killing of Dr. Barnett Slepian in Amherst, New York. Slepian, an abortion provider in upstate New York, was killed in his home by a single shot from a high-powered rifle on October 23, 1998. Dr. Slepian was the fifth doctor shot by sniper fire in the weeks preceding the November 11 Canadian holiday Remembrance Day since 1994. The two-count indictment charges Kopp with using deadly force to prevent Dr. Slepian from providing reproductive health services and using a firearm to commit a crime of violence. Kopp is one of the FBIs Ten Most Wanted fugitives with offers of rewards for his arrest totaling $1 million. Kopp is also wanted in Canada on an attempted murder charge in the 1995 shooting of a doctor in his Ontario home.

Media Resources: Media Resources: Associated Press 17 October 2000 and Feminist Majority Foundation.