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July-25-01

Kopp Reports Alibi in Abortionist Murder Case

James Kopp, accused of the 1998 murderer of New York abortionist Dr. Barnett Slepian, claims he was in Pittsburgh during the time investigators believe he was in Tennessee purchasing a weapon. Doris Grady, who has known Kopp since 1988, claims Kopp was at her Pittsburgh home "that whole week." She has provided receipts dated July 17, 1997 for a permit to build a fence on her property, and is "certain" that Kopp helped her to undertake the project on July 16. This is the same day the FBI says Kopp was at a pawn shop 550 miles away in Old Hickory, Tenn., to purchase the SKS rifle used to murder the abortion provider. Gradys husband and anti-abortion activist Walter Bechtell support Gradys claims.

Despite the new alibi, Kopps legal team must still address "personal effects attributable to Kopp" that were found buried near the crime scene, as well as a hand-written note allegedly found among Kopps possessions, which contained directions to the pawn shop where the weapon was purchased. Erie County District Attorney Frank Clark said "it will be a jurys job to determine whats fact and whats fiction. I can tell you, however, this does not shake the confidence I have in this case one whit."

Media Resources: Kaiser Daily Reproductive Health Report