Tampa, FL -- The woman who accuses her ex-boyfriend of ending their pregnancy by secretly giving her an abortion pill will not testify after all.
Federal prosecutors in Tampa had planned to call Remee Jo Lee to the stand,but the judge in the case consulted with attorneys and decided he had heard enough without Lee's testimony.
Her attorney described it as another painful day for Remee Jo Lee as she arrived for what she thought was her chance to testify in federal court that her former boyfriend John Welden had secretly slipped her an abortion pill to end their pregnancy.
Lee is convinced it was that a single dose of 200 microgramsof Misoprostal,also known as Cytotec,led her to miscarry.
"She's here and she wants to assist the U.S. Attorney in making sure that the appropriate penalty is put upon John Andrew Welden," said Lee's civil attorney Gil Sanchez.
Judge Richard Lazzara said beforeaccepting a plea deal that would send Welden to prison for more than 18 years he wanted to be sure the pill was responsible.
The court called for an evidentiary hearing.
Prosecutors and the defense both brought in witnesses testifying as to the likelihood of a single dose of the drug ending Lee's pregnancy.
Weldenentered the courthouse in silence, but in court his lawyers cited medical records showing Lee was already experiencing bleeding in her seventh week of pregnancy suggesting other factors may have led to the miscarriage.
If the court decides it can not be conclusively proven that the pill caused Lee to lose her pregnancy, sentencing guidelines could be reduced to somewhere betweenthree and five years.
Lee's family members, clearly is hoping for more.
"At the end of the day you hope for justice here for you daughter? Yes we do," they answered as they entered the court.
Judge Lazzara had said he would give it until 5:00 p.m. to hear form all parties, including Remee Jo Lee, but as that hour came and went, the lawyers held a sidebar and decided Lee would not testify at all.
Instead, they'll be back in court tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. for closing arguments limited to 20 minutes apiece, and the judge will then decide whether Welden's sentencing guidelines should be reduced.
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