The killing of Dr. George Tiller of Kansas was "domestic terrorism" that robbed a family of a husband, father and grandfather, the slain man's attorney said Thursday at the sentencing of the man convicted of the doctor's murder.
"This man was devoted to his family ...he was very important and they are desperately sorry and grieving over his loss," attorney Lee Thompson said of Tiller, who was shot to death in May 2009 in the foyer of the Wichita, Kansas church he attended. Thompson spoke on behalf of Tiller's family in a hearing at the Sedgwick County Courthouse in Wichita.
Scott Roeder was convicted in January of murdering Tiller after jurors deliberated only 37 minutes.
"He's committed an act of terrorism, a heinous, atrocious, cruel murder planned, plotted and devised for years and years and designed and executed solely for the purpose of killing someone with whom he disagreed," Thompson said.
Tiller operated a clinic in Wichita where late-term abortions were performed. During his trial, Roeder testified he believed he had to kill Tiller to save lives, and he said he had no regrets.