May 31, 2009
51-year-old Scott Roeder has been formally charged in the death of Dr. George Tiller. Roeder appeared by video link in court Tuesday. The judge formally charged him with one count of First Degree Murder and two counts of Aggravated Assault. He was ordered to have no contact with the Tiller family. The judge set a preliminary hearing date of June 16th. Read the Complaint Against Roeder
November 12, 2009
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Lawyers for a man who has publicly admitted killing a Kansas abortion provider are seeking to move the trial out of Wichita. Scott Roeder is scheduled to go on trial Jan. 11 in Sedgwick County District Court. The 51-year-old Kansas City, Mo., man is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated assault in the May 31 shooting death of Dr. George Tiller. In an interview from jail, Roeder told The Associated Press on Monday he had no regrets about shooting Tiller and believes it was justified to save unborn children.
October 27, 2009
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Online retailer eBay will not allow an auction to raise money for the man charged with killing Wichita, Kan., abortion doctor George Tiller. EBay issued a statement Tuesday saying the auction would violate its policy on "offensive material. " EBay also said it would remove the items if they are posted. Scott Roeder is charged with first-degree murder in the May 31 shooting of Tiller at the doctor's Wichita church. Supporters of Roeder said they wanted to auction off such things as an Army of God manual, which is an underground publication for anti-abortion militants that describes ways to shut down clinics, including bombing.
December 21, 2009
Update - Tuesday 12:15 am: WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A judge says a "necessity defense" in the trial of a man accused of killing Kansas abortion provider Dr. George Tiller is "not viable" under state law. Tuesday's ruling was another blow to lawyers for 51-year-old Scott Roeder, who has confessed to fatally shooting Tiller on May 31 but says it was necessary to save unborn children. Judge Warren Wilbert cited state Supreme Court opinions that the "necessity defense" in the case is not viable under Kansas law. But he left open the door to consider whether he will allow evidence on the use of force for the defense of another person.
June 15, 2009
By Kim Wilhelm (WICHITA, Kan.) The man accused of killing a Wichita abortion doctor is now being held on a $20 million dollar bond. Scott Roeder is currently in the Sedgwick County Jail. He's accused of shooting Dr. George Tiller and threatening two other people. Roeder's original bond was set at $5 million dollars but last week, Judge Warren Wilbert increased the bond to $20 million after hearing a request from prosecutors. District Attorney Nola Foulston says circumstances have changed since Roeder's last bond hearing on June 4th. Since then, Roeder has talked to two media outlets from jail.
January 4, 2010
by Cliff Judy (WICHITA, Kan.) Prosecutors have filed a motion opposing any kind of voluntary manslaughter or imperfect self-defense jury instruction in the Scott Roeder murder trial, essentially saying it could open Pandora's Box. The motion has caused jury selection for the trial, originally scheduled for Monday, to be pushed back to Wednesday morning. Roeder has admitted to killing Wichita late-term abortion provider Dr. George Tiller as Tiller served as an usher at his east Wichita church last May. Last Friday, Judge Warren Wilbert said he'd consider the defense of others strategy at trial.
January 29, 2010
As the nation watched, it took seven men and five women less than an hour to convict Scott Roeder of murdering a Wichita abortion provider. Roeder's six-day murder trial ended with a first degree murder guilty verdict Friday morning. It only took jurors 37 minutes to agree Roeder planned and carried out Dr. George Tiller's murder. Roeder took the stand in his own defense Thursday, admitting to killing Tiller as the doctor served as an usher at his east Wichita church. It took attorneys less than an hour to give jurors closing arguments. Prosecutors called the murder an "assassination" and told jurors Roeder had thought of killing Tiller since 1999, "10 years worth of premeditation.
March 31, 2010
Read reporter Cliff Judy's courtroom blog at the bottom of the page. By Chris Durden & Cliff Judy (WICHITA, Kan.) District Judge Warren Wilbert gave prosecutors what they wanted, the "Hard 50" sentence for Scott Roeder. That means Roeder won't be eligible for parole for at least 50 years. In January, a jury convicted Roeder of shooting Dr. George Tiller while he served as an usher at Reformation Lutheran Church in Wichita. On Thursday, Roeder scolded the judge presiding over his sentencing hearing, saying he denied the defense he wanted to bring.
June 7, 2009
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - The church where a Kansas abortion provider was killed held its Sunday worship service, a week after the shooting. The congregation of Reformation Lutheran Church held the 10 a.m. worship service. Last Sunday, George Tiller was shot to death while serving as an usher at the church. An armed police officer stood guard in the sanctuary and police cars were in the parking lot. Pastor Kristin Neitzel called it part of "the journey of healing. " Scott Roeder has been charged in the killing and is being held in a Sedgwick County jail.