Suspect in Tiller slaying sends anti-abortion writings from jail

WICHITA | A man charged with shooting a prominent Kansas doctor has been sending mailings from his jail cell that claim such killings are justifiable.

Scott Roeder is also communicating with individuals on the fringes of the anti-abortion movement, weeks after suggesting others might be planning similar attacks.

Roeder, 51, is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated assault in the May 31 death of George Tiller.

Roeder has been sending anti-abortion literature that lauds Paul Hill, who was convicted of murdering an abortion provider in 1994, as an "American hero." The pamphlet includes reprints of Hill's writings about how the killing of abortion providers is justifiable.

Hill was executed in 2003 for killing John Bayard Britton and his bodyguard outside a Pensacola, Fla., abortion clinic.