Charleston County Associate Chief Magistrate James B. Gosnell Jr. has sided with the prosecution, ruling that enough evidence exists for the case to advance to trial, though a date was not set. The state law he is accused of violating contends that it is “unlawful for a person to present or point at another person a loaded or unloaded firearm.” The charge against Boyle is a felony that carries up to five years in prison.
Hearing set for doctor accused of pointing gun at protesters
A preliminary hearing for an abortion doctor accused of pointing a firearm at protesters outside a West Ashley clinic in October is scheduled for Thursday.
Charleston police arrested Gary Boyle, 62, of Tennessee, on charges of pointing a firearm after protesters said he brandished a handgun loaded with 15 cartridges, according to a police report. The incident allegedly occurred Oct. 2 during a scheduled vigil by an anti-abortion group.
A preliminary hearing is when a magistrate hears evidence on whether there is enough probable cause for a case to move forward. The hearing is set for 10 a.m. Thursday in front of Charleston County Associate Chief Magistrate James B. Gosnell Jr. at the Preliminary Hearing Court on Leeds Avenue.
Boyle told officers that he showed the gun because he was afraid for his and his wife’s life when three protesters approached his vehicle outside the Charleston Women’s Medical Center, the report said.
He is charged with presenting a firearm, a felony that can carry a penalty of up to five years in jail. The law reads that it’s “unlawful for a person to present or point at another person a loaded or unloaded firearm.”
Boyle, 62, has a Tennessee permit to carry the pistol, according to the police report, a state that has a reciprocal agreement with South Carolina. After his arrest, Boyle was released on $25,000 bond.
Twice a year, members of 40 Days for Life stand vigil at abortion clinics across the country to protest abortion.
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Shortly after the one year anniversary of a pro-choice man gunning down and murdering a pro-life abortion protester and only weeks after a patient’s father at the abortion clinic of Curtis Boyd in New Mexico threatened pro-lifers with a gun and was arrested, another act of violence with a gun has been committed against pro-life abortion protesters. A TN doctor has been charged with pointing gun at protestors outside abortion clinic
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Doctor charged with pointing handgun at abortion protesters
By George Jackson
A doctor was charged with a felony in South Carolina on Saturday.
Charleston Police said Dr. Gary Boyle, 62 of Blountville, pointed a gun at three abortion protesters near the back entrance of the Charleston’s Women’s Medical Center.
According to the police report, Boyle works at the center. He also practices medicine at the Bristol Regional Women’s Center in Tennessee.
Both offices are the focus of a 40-day protest by anti-abortion activists.
A national organization called ’40 Days for Life’ started their vigil outside Boyle’s Bristol office on September 22nd. Organizer Linda Edwards said she plans to continue through the end of October.
“[The Charleston group] were doing what they were supposed to be doing in a peaceful vigil,” Edwards said. “That is, praying peacefully without interaction with doctors and nurses who are part of an abortion clinic.”
The police report lists three victims: 50-year-old John Karafa, 60-year-old Kenneth Ray Collins, and a male juvenile.
“[The victims] stated they were standing at the back entrance of the building, waiting to hand out their religious literature,” police said.
“The victims advise that the offender pointed a firearm at them from inside his vehicle,” police said.
Boyle could not be reached for comment Monday. His office declined comment.
Boyle told police he drew the gun because he felt threatened.
“The offender admitted that he presented the firearm because he was in fear of his and his wife’s life,” police said.
Collins disagreed with Boyle’s version of their encounter. He said Boyle approached the group of protestors.
“I offered literature to the approaching car,” Collins said. “Then I saw that I was looking down the barrel of a handgun,” he said.
Collins said the protest group was standing on the public right of way. Boyle could have called the office security guard if he felt threatened, he said.
“The guard sometimes stands and talks with us,” Collins said.
Boyle was charged with ‘pointing a firearm at any person,’ a felony in South Carolina. It carries a maximum prison term of five years.
Boyle is scheduled to appear in Charleston County Criminal Court on December 17th, 2010. He is free on a $25,000 bond.
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CHARLESTON, SC — A Blountville, Tennessee doctor has been charged with pointing a gun at protesters outside an abortion clinic in Charleston, South Carolina.
Local police say 62-year old Gary Boyle was released on a $25,000 bail Saturday, after they say he pointed a handgun at three abortion protesters in the clinic’s parking lot.
It was not clear whether or not Boyle was actually performing abortions at the Charleston clinic, but the investigation is ongoing.
From the Post and Courier
BY ALLYSON BIRD
The Post and Courier
Sunday, October 3, 2010
For the past 11 days, anti-abortion demonstrators have gathered at the Charleston Women’s Medical Center in West Ashley as part of the annual “40 Days for Life” movement against abortion, each of them signing a “statement of peace” before participating.
Police say the protest met a threat Saturday morning when an out-of-state abortion doctor flashed a gun at them.
Police arrested Gary Boyle, 62, a Blountville, Tenn., physician, on charges of pointing a firearm.
Boyle drove into the parking lot of the clinic on Ashley River Road near Fuseler Road at around 8:30 a.m. When three protesters, including a 17-year-old boy, approached him, Boyle brandished a black handgun loaded with 15 rounds, according to a police report.
Boyle then stepped out of his SUV and walked into the clinic without further incident, the report says. One of the three protesters, 50-year-old John Karafa, called 911.
“We were like, ‘Well, that was a gun,’ ” Karafa said. “You can’t do that.”
Boyle appeared by video conference at a bond hearing Saturday afternoon dressed in a light yellow button-down shirt. Charleston County Magistrate Priscilla Baldwin set his bail at $25,000, which he posted later Saturday.
Whether Boyle performed abortions locally is not known. He and another physician operate the Bristol Regional Women’s Center near his Tennessee home.
A woman who came to the courtroom on Boyle’s behalf declined to speak during the proceedings and ignored requests for comment after the hearing.
More than a half-dozen anti- abortion demonstrators also attended
The incident wasn’t the doctor’s first legal snag.
He and his partner operated their clinic without a required certificate of need from the Tennessee Health Department for several years in the 1990s, and the health department tried to shut them down, according to court filings.
The dispute dragged on for years until 2002, when an appeals judge ruled that the state statute requiring the certificate had violated a woman’s right to privacy.
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