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61 jurors to report for Roeder trial Monday

Scott Roeder listens as defense attorney Mark Rudy speaks during his pretrial motions Dec. 22 in Sedgwick County District Court in Wichita. Roeder, 51, is charged with first degree premeditated murder in the May 31 shooting death of Wichita abortion doctor George Tiller in the lobby of his Wichita church, where the doctor was serving as an usher.
Scott Roeder listens as defense attorney Mark Rudy speaks during his pretrial motions Dec. 22 in Sedgwick County District Court in Wichita. Roeder, 51, is charged with first degree premeditated murder in the May 31 shooting death of Wichita abortion doctor George Tiller in the lobby of his Wichita church, where the doctor was serving as an usher. The Wichita Eagle

Over the past two days, 140 potential jurors responded to summonses and filled out pre-trial questionnaires for Scott Roeder's trial next week.

Sedgwick County District Judge Warren Wilbert's office said today that a group of 61 are expected to report to the courthouse Monday for further questioning by lawyers.

About 300 summonses were mailed out. It's common for not all to respond because people change addresses, or move out of the county.

Roeder, 51, is charged with first-degree murder in the killing of Wichita abortion doctor George Tiller in his church lobby on May 31. Roeder also is charged with two counts of aggravated assault on two men at the church who said he pointed a gun at them as he fled.

The case is expected to receive national news coverage, and preparations have begun for a media workroom and to provide video and audio feeds.

A final pre-trial hearing is scheduled for Friday.

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