The Wichita Eagle reports that authorities in Newton, Kansas, are investigating the "very suspicious" death of Richard Schroeder, a retired former U.S. marshal.
Schroeder's wife discovered him lying in their driveway with head injuries this morning; he was later pronounced dead at a hospital.
According to the Eagle:
During his career as a U.S. marshal, Schroeder provided court-ordered protection for abortion provider George Tiller during 1991's "Summer of Mercy" anti-abortion protests.The full story is here.
For a significant part of Schroeder's career -- first as a marshal and later as a private detective -- he helped provide security for Tiller, a nationally known later-term abortion provider and perennial focus of anti-abortion protests and threats. Tiller was fatally shot at his Wichita church this summer.
Schroeder, who lived in Newton, also has operated a private investigation business in the Wichita area.