George Tiller

The man convicted of murdering abortion provider Dr. George Tiller in 2009 will serve a 25-year-to-life sentence for the crime. Roeder, 58, had been sentenced to a “Hard 50” in 2010. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2013 that an enhanced sentence needed to be presented and ruled on by a jury. Roeder appealed and, on Wednesday, was given the lighter sentence. Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett announced Wednesday that by agreement with the family of Dr. Tiller and the defense team,...

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The man convicted of killing a Wichita physician who performed abortions will face a new jury this fall. Scott Roeder admitted to shooting Dr. George Tiller in 2009. A jury will be tasked with deciding the length of Roeder's prison term before he is eligible for parole. The trial to resentence Scott Roeder is set to begin Nov. 28 in Sedgwick County District Court in Wichita. A motions hearing is scheduled for Sept. 21. At that time, a judge may rule on limiting the amount of evidence that can...

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Twenty-five years ago, thousands of people came to the Summer of Mercy abortion protests in Wichita. This week, Operation Save America is back in the city to demonstrate, pray, and to stop abortions.

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Events surrounding the Summer of Justice start tomorrow in Wichita, marking the 25th anniversary of the Summer of Mercy, when mass demonstrations led to nearly 2,700 arrests outside of local clinics that provide abortion services.

Twenty-five years after tumultuous mass protests led to nearly 2,700 arrests outside local abortion clinics, Wichita is bracing a Summer of Mercy anniversary that supporters hope will draw hundreds of activists. The Wichita Police Department has spent months putting together a 60-page operational plan that aims at ensuring that everyone is safe. "I don't think that we are anticipating an event like 1991," said Police Capt. Brian White. "However, we have to be prepared for all possibilities...

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The man convicted of killing abortion provider Dr. George Tiller was back in court Tuesday. Scott Roeder was sentenced to 50 years in prison for the murder of Tiller, who was one of the few doctors in the country who performed late-term abortions. Roeder said that he killed Tiller in order to save the babies who were in imminent danger. The sentence was under Kansas' hard 50 law, which was later overturned as it had been imposed by the judge and not the jury. Roeder hopes to get his sentence...

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Original Air date 5/27/14 Click here to go to the webpage for NPR's version of Aileen LeBlanc's story. On May 31, 2009 a man walked into the lobby of the Reformation Lutheran Church in Wichita and shot Dr. George Tiller in the head, killing him. Five years later, just off Kellogg Drive, South Wind Women’s Center is offering abortion services in the same building where Dr. Tiller worked. Next door is a right-to-life clinic called Choices. The clinics are separated by a cedar fence -- and the...

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...

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Later this month, the Kansas Supreme Court will consider an appeal by the man convicted of first-degree murder in the case of Dr. George Tiller. Roeder fatally shot Tiller inside of Tiller’s church on May 31, 2009 in Wichita, Kan. Tiller performed third-trimester abortions and during the original trial his killer, Scott Roeder, admitted to planning Tiller’s murder for years. In April 2013, Julie Burkhart, Executive Director of South Wind Women's Center, reopened a clinic in the space where Dr...

Judge James Beasley heard oral arguments Wednesday in the case that accuses anti-abortionists and organizations of stalking the clinic and the clinics owner. Julie Burkhart opened the clinic in April in the same location where George Tiller’s clinic operated. Dr. Tiller offered late-term abortions in Wichita and rapidly became the target of protests and violence. His clinic was firebombed and he was shot in the arms. In 2009, Tiller was shot and killed in his church by an anti-abortion...

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