Killer of Kansas abortion doctor is convicted

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 01 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c634
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

    The anti-abortion activist who shot and killed the Kansas doctor George Tiller in his church last May (BMJ 2009;338:b2437, doi:10.1136/bmj.b2437) was convicted of premeditated, first degree murder by a jury in Wichita last week. The jury took only 37 minutes to reach its decision.

    Scott Roeder will be sentenced on 9 March. He faces a life sentence or at least 25 years in prison before parole, although the prosecutor said she would ask for 50 years before parole. He was also convicted of aggravated assault for threatening two other people in the church.

    Dr Tiller’s wife, Jeanne, who was in the church when her husband was killed, attended the trial together with their four adult children.

    Although Judge Warren Wilbert said he wanted the trial to be about murder, Mr Roeder defended his …

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