Sen­tenc­ing de­layed for killer of abor­tion doc­tor

The Kansas City Star (Sunday) - - LOCAL - The As­so­ci­ated Press

The sen­tenc­ing for the con­victed killer of a Kansas abor­tion provider has been de­layed.

The district court in Wi­chita said Satur­day that Scott Roeder’s sen­tenc­ing has been moved from March 9 to April1.

On­line court records show that April1is the same day District Judge War­ren Wil­bert is sched­uled to hear the de­fense’s re­quest for a new trial or their client’s ac­quit­tal. The de­fense ar­gues the judge was wrong when he failed to in­struct ju- rors that they could con­sider the lesser of­fense of vol­un­tary man­slaugh­ter.

Roeder was con­victed Jan. 29 of first-de­gree mur­der for shoot­ing Ge­orge Tiller last May as the doc­tor served as an usher at his Wi­chita church. The 51-year-old from Kansas City also was con­victed of two counts of ag­gra­vated as­sault for threat­en­ing two ush­ers who tried to stop him af­ter the shoot­ing.

He faces a min­i­mum sen­tence of life im­pris­on­ment with the pos­si­bil­ity of pa­role af­ter 25 years, al­though pros­e­cu­tors will ask the judge to re­quire him to serve at least 50 years be­fore he is el­i­gi­ble for pa­role.

District Court me­dia co­or­di­na­tor Kirk Longhofer said the de­fense made the reschedul­ing re­quest. A mes­sage left Satur­day at the Sedg­wick County Pub­lic De­fender’s Of­fice wasn’t im­me­di­ately re­turned.


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