Shooting Suspect: Closing of Abortion Clinic a 'Victory'

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 9, 2009 4:18 PM CDT
Scott Roeder makes his first court appearance via a video link from the Sedgwick County Jail on June 2.   (AP Photo/Jaime Oppenheimer, Pool)
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(Newser) – The man accused of murdering abortion provider George Tiller told CNN today that he considers it a “victory” that Tiller’s family will shut his Kansas clinic. The closure means “no more slicing and dicing of the unborn child,” Scott Roeder said in an interview. He did not admit guilt but said if he is convicted, “the entire motive was the defense of the unborn.”

Roeder, who’s jailed on first-degree murder charges, also disputed reports that he’s mentally ill or on drugs. He told CNN's Ted Rowlands that he’s “feeling good,” though he complained of being in solitary confinement. He also said he’s receiving letters of support from strangers around the country.