Suspect in Kansas abortion doctor's killing pleads not guilty

Tuesday, July 28, 2009 | 5:39 p.m. CDT

WICHITA, Kan. — The man accused of killing abortion provider George Tiller has pleaded not guilty.

Authorities say anti-abortion activist Scott Roeder also threatened two ushers who tried to stop him during the May 31 shooting in the foyer of the doctor's church. Roeder is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated assault in the slaying.

The 67-year-old doctor had been the target of relentless protests at his Wichita clinic. He practiced as one of the nation's few providers of late-term abortions and had faced threats before. He was shot in both arms by an anti-abortion activist in 1993.

After hearing prosecution testimony at Tuesday's preliminary hearing, the judge ordered Roeder held on $20 million bond and set a trial date for Sept. 21.


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