Crime and Courts
10:15 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Scott Roeder's Lawyers Appeal Hard 50 Sentence In Kansas Supreme Court

The Kansas Supreme Court in Topeka is preparing to hear arguments this morning in the appeal of the man convicted of killing Dr. George Tiller.

In 2009, Scott Roeder was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 50 years for shooting Dr. Tiller while he served as an usher in his church.

Tiller was one of the few doctors to perform late-term abortions in the U.S., at his clinic in southeast Wichita.

One issue before the court is whether jurors should have been allowed to consider a lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter, since Roeder believed that to save the lives of unborn children, Tiller's murder was justified.

Roeder is not expected to be present for the hearing on Wednesday.