Tag: George Tiller

Jury Convicts Roeder in Abortion Doctor Killing

The Kansas jury in the Scott Roder murder trial deliberated 40 minutes before returning a guilty verdict.

The jury found Scott Roeder, 51, guilty of gunning down Dr. George Tiller, who operated a clinic in Wichita where late-term abortions were performed. Roeder, 51, faces life in prison when he is sentenced on March 9.

Roeder admitted shooting Tiller in the foyer of Reformation Lutheran Church as Sunday services began. He testified in his defense Thursday that he believed he had to kill Tiller to save the lives of unborn babies. He said he had no regrets.

So much for that defense, which was meant as much for the judge as the jury. He was hoping it would get him an instruction on the lesser crime of involuntary manslaughter, and a 5 year sentence. It didn't.

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Not Guilty Plea Entered in George Tiller Murder

Scott Roeder, accused of murdering Kansas abortion doctor George Tiller, has entered pleas of not guilty following a preliminary hearing today.

The New York Times has more details of the witness testimony at the hearing.

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Tiller Murder Suspect Identified

The suspected arrested in the murder of Dr. George Tiller has been identified as 51 year old Scott Roeder of Merriman, KS. [Update: McClatchy has more on him here.]

Authorities expect to charge Roeder with murder today.

[[Roeder]was once a subscriber and occasional contributor to a newsletter, Prayer and Action News.... Dave Leach, an anti-abortion activist from Des Moines who runs the newsletter... said he and Mr. Roeder had met once, and Mr. Roeder had described similar views to his own.

Of Dr. Tiller’s death, Mr. Leach said, “To call this a crime is too simplistic,” adding, “There is Christian scripture that would support this."

An Operation Rescue leader released a contrary view: [More...]

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KS Abortion Clinic Doctor Killed At Church, Suspect Arrested

Bump and Update: Dr. Tiller's family released this statement through his defense lawyer, Dan Monnat. Planned Parenthood's statement is here. The arrested suspect is a white male. President Obama's statement:
"However profound our differences as Americans over difficult issues such as abortion, they cannot be resolved by heinous acts of violence."

Breaking....Kansas abortion clinic doctor George Tiller was shot and killed at his church this morning. [More...]

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