Roeder Convicted of Murdering Abortion Doctor

The man who shot George Tiller at his church faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Scott Roeder was found guilty today of first-degree murder for shooting abortion doctor George Tiller.

The jury also convicted Roeder on counts of aggravated assault for threatening two witnesses with a gun as they chased him after the shooting.

Roeder testified that he shot Tiller, who was one of the few doctors in the United States that would perform late-term abortions, on May 31, 2009, at his church in Kansas.

Tiller was serving as an usher at the Reformation Lutheran Church where he was handing out bulletins to people going into the sanctuary before he was shot. Pro-life groups condemned the shooting.

Roeder's public defender argued that Roeder's faith and opposition to abortion compelled him to shoot Tiller, according to The New York Times. He also compared Roeder to Martin Luther King Jr., according to the Wall Street Journal.

Mr. Rudy asked the jurors to show courage in their deliberations and told them: "No defendant can be convicted based on his convictions."But Judge Warren Wilbert ...
Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview
To continue reading, subscribe now. Subscribers have full digital access.
Already a CT subscriber? for full digital access.
November

Support our work

Subscribe to CT and get one year free.
Tags:
Posted by:

Read These Next

close
hide this
Access The Archives

Member-Only Access

Subscribe to Christianity Today to continue reading this article from CT's digital archives.

Subscribe

Already a subscriber? to continue reading.