'Everyone' Thought Tiller Suspect Was Crazy: Ex-Wife

By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 1, 2009 2:42 PM CDT
Pictured is a Merriam, Kan., home where Scott P. Roeder, the suspected gunman in the shooting death of Dr. George Tiller, is believed to have lived.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The ex-wife of the man suspected in yesterday’s fatal shooting of a Kansas abortion doctor says Scott Roeder underwent a mental evaluation and that, though he didn’t consider himself unstable, “everyone else did.” Lindsey Roeder says Scott’s views on abortion were so fierce she stopped discussing them with him, she tells the Topeka Capital-Journal: “His anti-abortion rhetoric was very strong. He followed the view of an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.”

Charges won’t be filed today against Roeder, the Wichita Eagle adds; the district attorney said that, with a suspect in custody, “there’s no need to rush.” Nola Foulston also said today charges in the death of George Tiller will be state, not federal, though “we may be getting assistance from outside federal individuals who may have been involved.” (Read more abortion stories.)