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Jury picked in abortion clinic plot trial

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Marshfield man accused of planning to kill doctors at a Madison abortion clinic will go on trial Wednesday in Dane County.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports that a jury of nine women and five men was picked Tuesday to hear Ralph Lang’s trial. The 65-year-old man is charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide. Lang was arrested in May 2010 after his gun accidentally fired in a Madison motel room. No one was hurt.

Prosecutors say Lang told investigators he planned to go to the Planned Parenthood clinic to kill the abortion provider.

Lang also faces a federal charge of attempting to injure people participating in a federally funded program. His attorneys argue that charge should be tossed because the federal money Planned Parenthood receives can’t be used for abortions.

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