Timeline of James Kopp and Abortion-Related Shootings

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(Buffalo-AP) -- A timeline of events related to the October 1998 shooting of abortion provider Dr. Barnett Slepian and the man charged in his killing, James Kopp: Aug. 2, 1954 -- James Kopp born in Pasadena, Calif. and grows up in Marin County, near San Francisco. Nov. 8, 1994 -- Dr. Garson Romalis, who performs abortions in Vancouver, Canada, shot in the leg while eating breakfast at home. Nov. 10, 1995 -- Dr. Hugh Short, a gynecologist, shot in the elbow by a bullet fired through a window of his home in Ancaster, Ontario, near Hamilton. Oct. 28, 1997 -- Doctor in Perinton, N.Y., cut by debris from bullet shot into his home through a sliding glass door. Doctor's name not released. Nov. 11, 1997 -- Dr. Jack Fainman shot in the shoulder at his Winnipeg, Manitoba, home. Bullet came through a window, hitting Fainman within inches of his heart. Oct. 23, 1998 -- A sniper kills Dr. Barnett Slepian in Amherst, N.Y., by firing a shot through the physician's window. Nov. 4, 1998 -- FBI announces Kopp is being sought for questioning in connection with Slepian's slaying. May 6, 1999 -- Prosecutors file state and federal charges against Kopp, who remains a fugitive, accusing him of murder, weapons counts and violations of the U.S. Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act. Jan. 24, 2000 -- Canadian police charge Kopp with the 1995 shooting in Ancaster. He remains the prime suspect in the shootings in Perinton, Winnipeg and Vancouver, but have not been charged in those crimes. March 29, 2001 -- Kopp is captured by police in France after 2 1/2 years as a fugitive. June 5, 2002 -- Kopp is extradited to the United States and pleads innocent to second-degree murder and violating a federal law against using deadly force to interfere with the right to abortion. Nov. 12, 2002 -- In a jailhouse interview with The Buffalo News, Kopp admits killing Slepian but maintains he only intended to wound the man. Sources: The Associated Press and The Buffalo News. (Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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