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Utah doc facing murder charge headed to Maryland

Thursday - 1/19/2012, 2:06pm  ET

SALT LAKE CITY - A Utah doctor facing a murder charge for a botched late-term abortion appears to have been extradited to Maryland.

Salt Lake County jail Lt. Pam Lofgreen says Dr. Nicola Irene Riley was released to the custody of another police agency on Thursday.

Riley waived extradition to Maryland on Jan. 9 after a Utah judge denied a bail request.

Maryland authorities charged the 46-year-old physician in December with one count each of first-degree and second-degree felony murder, and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

Charges stem from an August 2010 procedure that left an 18-year-old woman with a ruptured uterus and injured bowel.

Prosecutors say Riley drove the woman to the hospital rather than call 911.

Riley has not yet entered a plea, although her defense attorneys have said nothing illegal occurred.


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