A new chapter has begun for John Welden, the 28-year-old charged with killing an unborn child by tricking his girlfriend into taking an abortion pill.
Welden posted bail and was released from prison Friday, wearing a monitoring device on his ankle above his flip-flops.
He managed to crack a smile as he walked from the probation office in downtown Tampa to a black Hummer that would take him to his parents' home in Odessa, when he will remain under heavy surveillance as ordered by the court.
Welden is accused of tricking his girlfriend, Remee Jo Lee, into taking an abortion pill causing her to miscarry. He's charged with killing an unborn child and tampering with a consumer product by scratching off the label and telling her it was an antibiotic.
Adam Levine is a medical doctor and lawyer who's familiar with the case. His specialty is reproductive endocrinology and infertility and he teaches at Stetson University College of Law.
"The statute they've used to charge him with, the protection of an unborn child, they've gone to great lengths in that statue not to define what a child is, what a person is. It only says that it's an in vitro gestation of any age," explained Levine.
"It is a relativity new law and the best that I can find and the government can find is it has only been applied two or three times," offered Todd Foster, Weldon's attorney.
Remee Jo Lee's attorney declined to comment on the new developments. The stakes are extremely high because, if convicted, Welden could be sentenced to life in prison.
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