Dr. Raymond Showery was convicted and sentenced to 15 years in prison for smothering and drowning ‘a fetus’ after a 1979 abortion in El Paso Texas in September of this year. The woman who had the abortion was six month pregnant. Showery, the father of seven children still faces charges of operating an unlicensed child placement center and trying to force a car off the road as it carried two reporters.

Five former employees of his Family Hospital of El Paso testified they saw the late-term child either breathe or show other signs of life following the abortion in July, 1979.

The defendant sobbed on a courtroom table after the verdict was announced.

Showery is believed to be the first physician convicted (in Texas) with murder of a fetus during an abortion.