Scott Roeder, who allegedly fatally shot George Tiller, MD on Sunday, was formally charged with first degree murder yesterday. Roeder also faces two counts of aggravated assault for threatening two people who attempted to intervene Sunday, according to the Associated Press. Roeder is being held without bond and a protective order has been issued barring him from any contact with Tiller's family. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 16th, reported KNSS News Radio 1330.
Dr. Tiller, who was medical director of the Women's Health Care Services clinic in Wichita, Kansas was killed Sunday at his church. He was one of the few late-term abortion providers in the country.
Dr. Tiller's murder is not an isolated event: he was harassed, threatened, and shot five times (in 1994). In 1986, his clinic was bombed, and, most recently, in May the clinic was heavily damaged by vandals who cut wires to security cameras before slicing through the roof prior to a heavy rain.
Media Resources: Associated Press 6/2/09; Feminist Daily Newswire 6/1/09; KNSS News Radio 1330 6/2/09