Scott P. Roeder was charged with the first-degree murder of Wichita doctor George Tiller, the Wichita Eagle reports. Roeder was also charged with armed criminal action and ordered not to have any contact with the men he's accused of pointing a gun at after allegedly shooting Tiller.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 16.
Wichita Eagle reporter Ron Sylverster's writes on his Twitter that District Attorney Nola Foulston is explaining why this case doesn't meet the requirements for the death penalty.
Crime Scene KC has a 1986 photo of Tiller after his clinic was bombed. They also link to a story in the Guardian that highlights why Tiller was so committed to his work.
This morning's Kansas City Star story is also a must read. Snip:
Scott Roeder's beliefs also came up in a custody battle in
Pennsylvania. In 2003, Roeder sued for the right to visit a girl born
the previous year. Roeder said he was the girl's father.
The girl's mother and her husband told the court they felt Roeder would not be a good influence on the child.
to a court ruling filed in 2005, Roeder was earlier diagnosed with
schizophrenia "for which he takes no medication, which may pose a clear
and present danger to the female minor child."
Roeder's ex-wife talks with KCTV-5 on camera.
Josh Rosenau with Thoughts From Kansas files an extremely thoughtful essay.
Tiller's church, Wichita's Reformation Lutheran Church, also issued a statment.
Operation Rescue's Web site is back online.