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Scott Roeder Found Guilty of First-Degree Murder


Scott Roeder, the man who killed abortion services provider Dr. George Tiller, has been found guilty of first-degree murder in a Kansas courtroom today. The jury took just 15 minutes to deliberate on their decision, a fact bolstered by Roeder’s testimony on the witness stand yesterday, where he basically admitted to killing Tiller, while saying that it was necessary to saving the unborn. Defense lawyers had sought voluntary manslaughter in the trial, but the judge said yesterday that the jury could not consider that charge in their decision, or a lesser second-degree murder conviction.

Under Kansas law, Roeder’s sentence will be, at a minimum, life imprisonment with the possibility of parole only after 25 years.

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Scott Roeder Found Guilty Of First-Degree Murder

Scott Roeder, the man who killed abortion services provider Dr. George Tiller, has been found guilty of first-degree murder in a Kansas courtroom today. The jury took just 15 minutes to deliberate on their decision, a fact bolstered by Roeder’s testimony on the witness stand yesterday, where he basically admitted to killing Tiller, while saying that it was necessary to saving the unborn. Defense lawyers had sought voluntary manslaughter in the trial, but the judge said yesterday that the jury could not consider that charge in their decision, or a lesser second-degree murder conviction.

Under Kansas law, Roeder’s sentence will be, at a minimum, life imprisonment with the possibility of parole only after 25 years.

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