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Suspect Arrested for 1998 Death of Abortion Doctor

Aired March 29, 2001 - 12:00 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

DARYN KAGAN, CNN ANCHOR: Authorities say they have arrested a suspect in connection with the fatal 1998 shooting of a New York doctor who performed abortions.

CNN justice correspondent Kelli Arena joins us now from Washington, with the latest.

Kelli, we are talking about a man who has been on the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted" list.

KELLI ARENA, CNN JUSTICE CORRESPONDENT: That's right, Daryn, since 1998. James Kopp -- as you said, one of the "Ten Most Wanted" fugitives -- has been arrested. He's being detained in France. There has been a massive manhunt for Mr. Kopp under way for the past 2 1/2 years.

He is wanted in connection with the shooting of an abortion clinic doctor in Buffalo, New York. Mr. Kopp's automobile was found in the weeks before the abortion doctor was killed by a sniper.

If Mr. Kopp is brought back to the United States, he does face charges on state and federal levels, both carrying maximum penalties of life in prison.

We do not have any more details about exactly how he was caught or when he might be returned to the United States. We are waiting to hear from the FBI for more details. We are told that they should be having some of this come available within the next hour. So as soon as we get those, we will get them to you.

But for right now, a happy day for law enforcement. One of the FBI's top 10 fugitives, James Kopp, being arrested and detained in France --Daryn.

KAGAN: Kelli Arena, thank you so much. And as I understand it, that FBI news conference is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. Eastern today.

ARENA: That's right.

KAGAN: Very good.

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