Scott Roeder


The man who shot Dr George Tiller in Wichita in 2009 had a court hearing on Oct. 24. His attorneys presented his appeal and as KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports his convictions were upheld but not his sentence.

Dr Tiller was known for performing abortions in late pregnancy, he was one of just a few in the country. On a Sunday, in church, while Tiller was serving as an usher, Scott Roeder shot him in the head and killed him.

"I did what was needed to be done to protect the children - I shot him," he said at his trial. 

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.

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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. Tiller’s practice once operated.