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New York attorney added to defense in Heath abortion case

Kalina Gillum

NEWARK – A New York-based attorney specializing in reproductive justice has joined a Lexington woman’s legal representation in a Licking County abortion case, according to Licking County court records.

In February 2020, Kalina Gillum, 22, of Lexington, and her then-boyfriend Braden Mull, 26, of Newark, were charged with involuntary manslaughter, a first-degree felony; endangering children, a third-degree felony; tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony; and abuse of a corpse, a fifth-degree felony.

Gillum was accused in September 2019 of taking 12 misoprostol tablets at she and Mull’s Heath residence, which they had ordered from India earlier that month to induce labor and terminate her pregnancy. Assistant Licking County Prosecutor Jenny Wells at the time of the indictment said Gillum was in her third trimester and between 28 and 29 weeks pregnant at the time of the incident.