Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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Tampa man accused of slipping girlfriend abortion drug out on bail

TAMPA — The Tampa man accused of slipping an abortion pill to his pregnant ex-girlfriend is out on bail.

John Welden, 28, was released from jail Friday.

A judge ruled last week that he could post bail if he stayed in his parents' Odessa house under around-the-clock surveillance.

Welden's father, Stephen Welden, a prominent Lutz fertility doctor, and stepmother Lenora Welden, were required to sign a $250,000 bond secured by their house. They also will pay for the two required security officers, which can cost from $50 to $70 per hour.

Initially, federal prosecutors fought the judge's decision, but on Tuesday they cancelled their motion. Welden just needed to complete the final paperwork and get the security officers in place.

Welden is charged with killing an unborn child and tampering with a consumer product, and he faces a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment if convicted on the charge of killing a fetus in utero.

Prosecutors say Welden forged his father's signature to obtain the abortion drug Cytotec, relabeled it as an antibiotic and tricked former girlfriend Remee Jo Lee, 27, into taking it.

Before he gave her the drug, Lee had undergone an ultrasound confirming her pregnancy at the office of Dr. Stephen Welden, according to prosecutors.

In March, she miscarried a fetus of nearly 7 weeks.

 
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