Scott Roeder Charged With Murder in Killing of Abortion Practitioner George Tiller
by Steven Ertelt
June 2, 2009
Wichita, KS (LifeNews.com) — Scott Roeder, the vigilante militia activist who is allegedly responsible for killing late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller, has been charged with first-degree murder in his shooting death. Roeder has no connections with pro-life groups and has been described by family as having a mental illness.
The 51-year-old Kansas man appeared during a court hearing on Tuesday via a video feed from his cell at the Sedgwick County Jail
Roeder appeared in a red jumpsuit and had a copy of the charge papers in front of him on a podium.
His conversation with Judge Ben Burgess was short and mostly consistent of him inquiring about a public defender.
"And I’ll obviously be hearing from one of those lawyers between now — or do you know how long it will be before I hear from one of those lawyers?" Roeder said, according to an AP report.
Judge Burgess indicated a public defense attorney would contact Roeder within 24-48 hours and set a preliminary hearing for Tuesday, June 16.
During the hearing, Roeder, who has been repudiated by pro-life groups, was also charged with two counts of aggravated assault for reportedly threatening two members of the church where he allegedly killed Tiller.
Hundreds of pro-life groups have issued statements condemning the shooting and affirming their commitment to employing peaceful and legal means to protect women and children from abortions.
National Right to Life, a large nationwide pro-life group, said it "extends its sympathies to Dr. Tiller’s family over this loss of life."
"The National Right to Life Committee unequivocally condemns any such acts of violence regardless of motivation. The pro-life movement works to protect the right to life and increase respect for human life. The unlawful use of violence is directly contrary to that goal," it said.
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