Scott Roeder: CONVICTED MURDERER (updated)

The jury deliberated for 37 minutes, and then convicted Scott Roeder of first degree murder, for killing George Tiller, MD in church.  He was also convicted of aggravated assault for threatening to shoot two church ushers as he ran away from the scene.  Hey, if he was so convinced murdering Dr Tiller was the right thing to do, why did he run away?  Why not stick around and proudly claim credit for shooting a man point-blank in the head?

The Judge in the case previously ruled that this murderer could not use a voluntary manslaughter defense.  Rightly so, in my opinion, since this murder occurred after ten years of pre-meditation and stalking of Dr Tiller, and there were no fetuses in danger of being aborted in the Reformation Lutheran Church lobby — Roeder’s main purpose for murdering Dr Tiller.

Abortion is legal in this country, even though anti-choicers have succeeded in making it very difficult to access legal abortion services.  Scott Roeder failed to accomplish the end of abortion by murdering Dr Tiller, and any future violence against women’s clinics and doctors will meet with the same failure.

Scott Roeder is no martyr to the cause — although he tried very hard to become one.  No, Roeder will be just another murderer in the prison world, having murdered a law-abiding citizen in church.

Rot in jail forever, Scott Roeder.  The Court will be far more merciful than you.

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UPDATE: Wayne A. Schneider’s take on Roeder’s conviction.

UPDATE 2:  Scott Roeder was today sentenced to life in prison:

Sedgwick County District Judge Warren Wilbert could have made the Roeder eligible for parole after 25 or 50 years, but gave him the harsher sentence because he said the evidence showed Roeder stalked Tiller before killing him.

Wilbert also sentenced Roeder to serve an additional year in prison on each of two counts of aggravated assault for threatening two church ushers in the melee. That means — allowing for possible time off those sentences for good behavior — Roeder won’t be eligible for parole for 51 years and eight months.

Roeder is 52 now, so he won’t be eligible for parole until he’s over 103 years old.

Rot in prison, murderer and domestic terrorist.  As predicted, Roeder received far more mercy from the Court than he showed Dr Tiller.


17 thoughts on “Scott Roeder: CONVICTED MURDERER (updated)

  1. I’m guessing no sentence has been handed down, right? Is that a death penalty state, because if so, agg murder ought to qualify.

    If he’s sentenced to death, how long until the “Right to Life” crowd goes into full screeching mode?

    • Roeder could get life in prison, but he’s not eligible for the death penalty in Kansas.

      Kansas law allows for seven circumstances in which prosecutors may seek the death penalty. Each requires that the killing be carried out intentionally and with premeditation.
      The seven circumstances are:
      1. Killing in the commission of a kidnapping
      2. Killing as part of a contract or an agreement
      3. Killing by a prison inmate
      4. Killing a victim of rape or sodomy
      5. Killing a law enforcement officer
      6. Killing more than one person
      7. Killing a child younger than age 14 as part of a kidnapping during the commission of a sexual offense

  2. Just your basic caring conservative. May he have lots of time to consider his life because even as ugly as he is I’m sure there will be someone in prison looking for a new ‘gf’.

  3. You made some excellent points that I did not explore. I thought they complimented each other well. We should do this more often. I don’t know, it seems better to cross link from two different blogs, rather than the sameone. 🙂

  4. (comment left at Wayne’s blog post but I misspelled my own moniker!)

    Oh silly Wayne…

    The Xtian religion permits murder because Christ is held to be the Son of God and God is a serial mass murderer who also encourages his faithful to kill in His name.
    Christ’s teachings of peace and compassion are inherently irrelevant and rendered null and void by God’s own authority and commandments: There is only one God and he commands that the child should ‘honor’ the parent.

    The Judeo-Christian religions license immorality whilst only pretending to do otherwise by the simple fact of dividing the world into the faithful and the infidel.

  5. gummitch,

    off the top of my head I don’t think any of the past doctor murderers have faced a death penalty; they’ve all been imprisoned and they write letters to each other whining about their own sense of persecution whilst also providing each other with ‘moral ‘ support.

    Ironic, no?


    How strange is it that Kansas is so seemingly ‘left wing’ in its death penalty criteria?

  6. During the ‘Inquisition’ the Priests used to cover the crucifix with cloth so ‘Christ’ would not see the torture that the Inquisitors were doing in ‘Christs’ name. I believe that is called ‘circular logic’.

  7. I’m glad he’s permanently up the river. The prison should limit his ability to “testify” from his prison cell, to prevent him inspiring another terrorist.

    I thought TP or C&L would put up a thread on this, shortly after Rachel covered it. Nothing yet. It’ll show up on the Open Thread at C&L I’m sure.

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