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.
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.