April 1st, 2010
11:51 AM ET

Lawyer: Slaying abortion doctor 'domestic terrorism'

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.

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  1. Jo

    It's a shame this evil man is not being put to death.

    April 1, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. grandma

    It was wrong to kill Tiller,but how many did he kill. He could run, those babies couldn't.

    April 1, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. troy

    Its a murder and he should be executed. Dr. Tillers fate was sealed when he chose to engage in activity that attracts these nut cases. This is why i do not engage in activity that would attract these types.

    April 1, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. pinstripes7

    This clown thinks that God will avenge him? Man, does he have a surprise from the Big Guy.

    April 1, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mavi Gozler

    Doesn't Kansas have the death penalty, which they do not hesitate to use? (After all, there is a lot of other nonsense in Kansas that would not be pleasing to Dorothy!) The terrorist Roeder also did not make a plea deal and went to trial: the risk should have been that he got an automatic death sentence for pre-meditated murder. If Kansas wanted to make a statement, it would frogmarch this creep to a lethal injection, and make him snivel before giving him the needle.

    April 2, 2010 at 3:18 am | Report abuse |