Roeder trial

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Roeder Guilty of Murder in Abortion Doc Slaying

Jury deliberated only 37 minutes before conviction in George Tiller's death

(Newser) - A jury in Kansas City convicted Scott Roeder today of first-degree murder in the death of abortion provider Dr. George Tiller. The jury deliberated only 37 minutes. Roeder testified yesterday that he fatally shot Tiller, one of the few late-term abortion providers in the US, to protect unborn children. He... More »

Judge OKs 'Necessity Defense' in Abort Doc Killing

Critics fear ruling will inspire new attacks

(Newser) - A Kansas judge has stunned prosecutors by ruling that the confessed killer of abortion doctor George Tiller can argue that the killing was a justified act aimed at saving unborn children. Prosecutors had fought to keep the abortion issue out of Scott Roeder's trial. Abortion rights advocates fear the ruling... More »

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