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UPDATE: Lang found guilty of planning to kill abortion doctor


MADISON (WKOW) -- Anti-abortion activist Ralph Lang was found guilty Thursday of attempted first-degree intentional homicide. 

He came to Madison two years ago with a gun and the intention to kill an abortion doctor.


MADISON (WKOW) -- Anti-abortion activist Ralph Lang testified Thursday in his attempted murder trial he came to Madison two years ago with a gun with the intention of killing an abortion doctor.

"Find an abortionist and do him in," Lang answered, in response to his attorney's question on his motivation for bringing a semi-automatic handgun to Madison in May 2011.

The jury in Lang's case began deliberating just before 5 p.m. Thursday.

Lang, 65, of Marshfield, originally indicated to the court he was not going to testify in his own defense. But after the jury was told the presentation of evidence was over, and the judge and attorneys discussed the make-up of jury instructions outside the jury's presence, Lang changed his mind.

During his testimony, Lang described being a Catholic, opposed to abortion as "intrinsically wrong, evil," and protesting at several abortion clinics, including locations in Illinois and Alabama.

Lang also testified he drove by the Planned Parenthood clinic on Orin Road in Madison the day before he was arrested.

Lang was taken into custody at a motel after he accidentally fired his handgun, in what he conceded was preparation to launch a murder attempt against an abortion doctor.

When asked by defense attorney Eric Schulenburg what would have happened if he had not been arrested, Lang testified he was in a "spiritual struggle," and would have abandoned his plan to find and shoot someone performing abortions.

But under cross examination by assistant district attorney Robert Kaiser, Lang conceded he had a map of abortion clinics, information on the successor of the clinic's former physician Dr. Dennis Christensen, and told police officers after his arrest his intent had been to find a doctor performing abortions and "drop 'em dead."

Lang also faces possible consequences in federal court.

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