Abortion Pill Case: John Welden's sentencing delayed

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John Andrew Welden, 28, pictured with Remee Jo Lee, 26. Welden was convicted of secretly giving Lee, who was pregnant, a pill that caused her to miscarry. (Courtesy Gil Sanchez Valencia)

 

Tampa, Florida - A federal judge has delayed the sentencing of a Tampa man who allegedly tricked his pregnant ex-girlfriend into taking a pill that caused her to have a miscarriage.

John Andrew Welden's sentencing was scheduled Tuesday for tampering with a consumer product and conspiracy to commit mail fraud.

See also: Parents of "Abortion Pill Victim" Remee Lee speak out

Prosecutors say Welden forged a signature in March on a prescription for Cytotec and relabeled a pill bottle as "amoxicillin" and told his then-girlfriend to take the pills. Cytotec is used to induce labor.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that in an order Friday, U.S. District Judge Richard A. Lazzara questioned the government's case against Welden. Lazzara said that without evidence that the pill caused the miscarriage, Welden may face less time in prison.

On Monday the judge granted a motion for continuance, so both side can have experts available for questioning.  They will be back in court for a hearing on Thursday morning.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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