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Man Can Be Charged for Killing Fetus

Man Can Be Charged for Killing Fetus

Posted - Jan. 23, 2004 at 5:00 p.m.



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(KSL News) -- The Utah Supreme Court has ruled that a man who killed his pregnant ex-wife three years ago can be charged with two counts of murder.

In January 2001 Roger Martin MacGuire walked into his ex-wife's office and shot her four times. One bullet hit her in the stomach and went through the 13 to 15 week old fetus she was carrying. The woman died later that day.

Police arrested MacGuire and charged him with two counts of aggravated murder.

MacGuire's defense appealed the decision to the Utah Supreme Court, saying a person in Utah can not be charged with murder for killing a fetus.

Today the court ruled that the term unborn child is a common sense definiton, meaning a human being in any stage of development.

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