With the push by his public defenders to use "voluntary manslaughter" as a defense, you just knew this was coming.
Scott Roeder's public defenders claimed today that Roeder considered Wichita abortion provider George Tiller an imminent threat to the unborn, according to the Wichita Eagle. The prosecution is fighting it, arguing Tiller was ushering at his church at the time of the shooting, not at his clinic performing abortions.
There's a hearing set for 1:30 p.m. Tuesday to settle the matter.
Roeder is facing first-degree premeditated murder charges for shooting Tiller on May 31.
In other trial news, Jeanne Tiller, George Tiller's wife, is fighting a subpoena seeking her husband's business records.
And jury selection is now scheduled for Wednesday morning.
If you're interested in the case, Wichita Eagle reporter Ron Sylvester's Twitter feed is a great resource for updates.