Police have issued an arrest warrant for James C. Kopp, 44, of St. Albans, Vt., in the October 23, 1998 sniper-style shooting of abortion provider Dr. Barnett Slepian. Slepian was killed in the kitchen of his Amherst, NY home shortly after he and his family had returned from synagogue.
``We have probable cause to believe this man, James Kopp, is responsible for the death of Dr. Bernard Slepian,'' said Erie County District Attorney Frank Clark.
Kopp was named as a material witness early on in the Slepian investigation, after witnesses reported seeing Kopp's car in Slepian's neighborhood in the weeks preceding the shooting. A hair that is believed to be Kopp's was also found near the site of the shooting. A high-powered assault rifle that is believed to be the murder weapon was found buried about 200 feet behind the Slepian's home just last month.
Officials have thus far been unable to find Kopp, who officials say has traveled great distances to participate in anti-abortion demonstrations.
7/22/2014 Louisiana Pro-Choice Community Stands Up Against Operation Rescue - Saturday, Operation Rescue/Operation Save America launched an aggressive week-long siege against reproductive health clinics and abortion care providers in southern Louisiana.
The annual siege is expected to run through Saturday, July 26, but already, several dozen Operation Rescue protesters have moved these forceful assemblies to doctors' private residences, riling neighbors in the process with their megaphones, explicit and invasive signage. . . .