Jury picked in abortion clinic plot trial
Lang will go on trial Wednesday in Dane County
MADISON, Wis. — 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 funds Planned Parenthood receives can’t be used for abortions.