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Man plotted second abortionist's killing


MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) – A Marshfield man facing federal charges for trying to kill a Madison abortion doctor is now facing state charges for plotting to kill a Milwaukee abortionist.

A federal magistrate judge ordered 63-year-old Ralph Lang held in custody while the U.S. attorney's office considers even tougher charges. Lang is charged with misdemeanor attempting to injure people providing reproductive health services. The Justice Department could ask a grand jury to indict Lang on felony interfering with the use of a program that gets federal funds.

The grand jury could return the indictment in the next three weeks.

Lang is charged in Dane County circuit court with attempted first-degree intentional homicide. A judge ordered him jailed on a $200,000 cash bond. A preliminary hearing on June 7th will decide whether Lang should stand trial.

Lang reportedly told Madison police he was planned to kill a doctor at Planned Parenthood’s clinic yesterday. The state’s complaint did not say which Milwaukee clinic he was planning to visit next.

It also listed a different version of how Lang’s gun went off in his motel room on Wednesday – prompting police to arrive and arrest him. The federal charge said he was loading a magazine when it went off.