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George Tiller slain; Scott Roeder on trial

Coverage of the trial of Scott Roeder in the killing of Kansas late-term abortion doctor George Tiller.

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Tiller's work honored in D.C.

Slain Wichita abortion provider George Tiller was honored posthumously in Washington over the weekend with one of the highest honors given by the International Federation of Planned Parenthood Foundation, the group announced Monday.

Tiller shooting suspect may weigh justifiable homicide defense

The suspect in the killing of abortion provider George Tiller is in talks with a prominent attorney who represents anti-abortion protesters and has long advocated justifiable homicide as a legal defense in such cases.

Two Wichita churches get letters from Va. minister about Tiller

A Virginia anti-abortion activist has sent a scathing letter to the church of slain Wichita abortion provider George Tiller, telling pastors they "brought damnation onto yourselves" for failing to rebuke the "babykilling."

Bible group scrutinized in Tiller killing

They met in each other's homes on Saturday, their Sabbath, for a potluck dinner and Bible study sessions.

Militants contact Roeder in jail

The list of those visiting and communicating with the man accused of killing Wichita abortion provider George Tiller reads like a who's who of anti-abortion militants.

Roeder to face trial in Tiller killing; pleads not guilty at arraignment

WICHITA — Gary Hoepner was grabbing a doughnut at the snack table at his church with George Tiller when he saw a man walk up, put a gun to the Wichita abortion doctor's head and pull the trigger, Hoepner testified in Sedgwick County District Court this morning.

Suspect in Tiller's death in court today

For the first time since Wichita abortion provider George Tiller was shot to death inside his church, the public will hear details today about what happened that morning. Return to Kansas.com today for continuing coverage of the hearing.

Letters Tiller-death suspect sent to his son

In a series of letters, the man accused of killing George Tiller attempts to convince his young son that a heathen government must be resisted.

Roeder upset at Operation Rescue

The man charged with killing Wichita abortion provider George Tiller said in an interview he's angry about a major anti-abortion group he thinks has abandoned him.

Closing of Tiller clinic is hailed and mourned

George Tiller's clinic will close in the wake of the Wichita abortion provider's shooting death, his family said Tuesday through its lawyers.

George Tiller funeral draws protests but ends peacefully

George Tiller's funeral this morning drew large crowds and some protesters but was peaceful, officials said. Wichita police Capt. Hassan Ramzah said no incidents occurred at the church or during the service for the slain abortion provider at College Hill United Methodist Church, near First Street and Hillside.

Hundreds gather for interfaith service

An interfaith service this afternoon in the wake of George Tiller's fatal shooting drew more than 300 people to a downtown Wichita church.

Future of George Tiller's clinic is unclear

The future of the clinic run by slain abortion doctor George Tiller was clouded Tuesday when his family issued a statement saying no decisions had been reached about what's next for Women's Health Care Services.

Usher recalls George Tiller's last moments

Ken Hobart was one of the last people to speak with George Tiller. They talked about Walt Disney World. The two men were serving as ushers Sunday at Reformation Lutheran Church in east Wichita, and Tiller had recently returned from taking his grandchildren to the theme park in Orlando, Fla., Hobart said.

Roeder says he's 'being treated as a criminal'

The man charged in the slaying of abortion provider George Tiller says he's "being treated as a criminal" even though he hasn't been convicted of anything.

Former U.S. marshal says Tiller took steps to keep himself safe

For a significant part of Richard Schroeder's career, first as a U.S. marshal and later as a private detective, he helped protect George Tiller.

Tennessee church finds growth, healing after shooting a year ago

Last summer, a man walked into a Knoxville, Tenn., church, pulled a shotgun out of a guitar case and opened fire during a children's performance of "Annie Jr."

George Tiller shooting spurs churches to review security plans

"You can live in faith or you can live in fear," local pastor Gene Williams said Wednesday, three days after George Tiller was fatally shot in a Wichita church.

Suspect in Tiller shooting can't be held without bail, his lawyer says

Scott Roeder's lawyer said Wednesday that the law prohibits holding his client without bail in the killing of Wichita abortion provider George Tiller.

College Hill United Methodist Church will hold Tiller funeral

Fully aware of the security issues and unwelcome attention that would arise, the senior pastor of College Hill United Methodist Church said Wednesday he welcomed the opportunity to host the funeral of George Tiller.

Lawyer seeks bond for man charged with killing George Tiller

Scott Roeder's public defender filed a motion today asking for bond for his client, who is accused of killing a Wichita abortion doctor, saying the law prevents the court from denying Roeder bail.

Faith groups plan prayer service for Tiller's family, church

In the wake of the fatal shooting of George Tiller, several members of Wichita's faith community will gather for an Interfaith Service of Prayer and Reconciliation on Friday.

St. James Episcopal to hold Tiller prayer gathering tonight

St. James Episcopal Church will host a prayer gathering tonight in response to the fatal shooting of George Tiller. Prayer will be offered for "Dr. Tiller's family and loved ones, for Reformation (Lutheran) Church and for the man who chose to murder Dr. Tiller," according to a letter issued by St. James' rector, the Rev. Kate Moorehead.

45 vigils planned for Tiller in 24 states

NARAL Pro-Choice America said that as of Saturday, 45 vigils had been scheduled in 24 states in honor of George Tiller. Vigils were scheduled Saturday in Jacksonville, Fla., and Santa Monica, Calif. Vigils are scheduled today in Madison, Wis., Milwaukee, Portland, Ore., and Allentown, Pa.

Civil rights lawyer: George Tiller slaying causing outrage everywhere

Civil rights lawyer and women's rights advocate Gloria Allred told a group of Wichitans on Friday night that the slaying of abortion provider George Tiller has prompted outrage far beyond Kansas.

Comments from suspect in George Tiller shooting fuel unease

Abortion providers say that comments from a man accused in the shooting death of a high-profile Kansas abortion provider prove the existence of a "violent, terrorist movement" coalescing around the issue.

Access to abortion now farther away

The slaying of George Tiller has made Wichita more typical of medium-size Midwestern cities when it comes to access to abortion, according to experts and statistics.

Former marshal helped provide protection for George Tiller

For a significant part of Richard Schroeder's career, first as a U.S. marshal and later as a private detective, he helped protect George Tiller.

Roeder claims more violence is planned

The man charged with murdering a high-profile abortion provider claimed from his jail cell Sunday that similar violence was planned around the nation for as long as the procedure remained legal, a threat that comes days after a federal investigation was launched into finding possible accomplices.

Life experiences shaped Tiller's career

Editor's note: Judy L. Thomas, a reporter for the Kansas City Star, is co-author of "Wrath of Angels: The American Abortion War." Some of her interviews with George Tiller occurred while Thomas covered the abortion issue for The Wichita Eagle from 1988 to 1995; others she conducted after moving to the Kansas City Star.

Tiller killing now a federal investigation

A federal investigation has been launched in connection with the fatal shooting of George Tiller, the U.S. Department of Justice announced today.

Abortion providers voice safety concerns

Two weeks before George Tiller was shot in his church, he called colleague Susan Hill in North Carolina. Tiller wanted her to send pictures of activists who had recently been threatening Hill and her staff. He said he was seeing new abortion protesters outside his Wichita clinic and wondered whether they were traveling around.

Wichita service in the wake of George Tiller's fatal shooting tries to help community heal

An interfaith service held Friday in the wake of George Tiller's fatal shooting drew more than 300 people to a downtown Wichita church.

Justice Department looks into George Tiller killing

The Justice Department on Friday opened an investigation into the killing of George Tiller to see whether more than one person was involved.

Candlelight vigil to honor George Tiller set for tonight in Wichita

A candlelight vigil has been scheduled for 8 p.m. today at Old Town Square to show support for George Tiller's family and to oppose violence.

Lawyer: George Tiller killing echoes across nation

Civil rights lawyer and women's rights advocate Gloria Allred told a group of Wichitans on Friday night that the slaying of George Tiller has prompted outrage far beyond Kansas.

Officials reveal few details about security at George Tiller funeral

Authorities are bracing for a large crowd -- including protesters -- for the funeral of George Tiller today at College Hill United Methodist Church.

Kline fundraising mailer mentions Tiller

A spokesman for former state Attorney General Phill Kline called it unfortunate that a solicitation that arrived Thursday in thousands of Kansas mailboxes mentioned slain Wichita abortion provider George Tiller.

Family of suspect in Tiller death had noticed a change in behavior

Lindsey Roeder thought it was unusual that her ex-husband wanted to hang out with their grown son Friday evening. Scott P. Roeder, 51, had always been adamant about his Old Testament beliefs and observed the Sabbath from Friday night through Saturday. Nothing could get in the way of that. Not soccer games when his son was younger. Nothing.

Nola Foulston: Case against George Tiller suspect will be state, not federal

District Attorney Nola Foulston said today that the case against the man in custody for the fatal shooting of abortion doctor George Tiller will be a state case, not a federal case.

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