Friday, January 29, 2010

Breaking news: Roeder guilty of 1st degree murder

The Wichita jury found Scott Roeder guilty on 1 count of 1st degree murder in the killing of Dr. George Tiller, and guilty on 2 counts of aggravated assault for threatening church ushers with a loaded gun at the church where he killed Dr. Tiller.

Roeder faces 25 years to life in prison, and prosecutor Nola Foulston asked the judge for a sentence of prison without chance of parole until he's served 50 years. Roeder's sentencing date is March 9, 2010.

Lee Thompson and Dan Monnat, Dr. George Tiller's attorneys, issued the following statement today at the request of Mrs. Jeanne Tiller and the Tiller family:

"The family of Dr. George Tiller would like to thank the jury, District Attorney Nola Foulston and her office and law enforcement for their service in this difficult matter. Once again, a Sedgwick County jury has reached a just verdict. We also want to thank George's countless friends and supporters in Wichita and around the country who have offered their comfort.

At this time we hope that George can be remembered for his legacy of service to women, the help he provided for those who needed it and the love and happiness he provided us as a husband, father and grandfather."

Photo credit: Wichita Eagle gallery

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