Kansas Abortion Shooting Verdict : The Two-Way Scott Roeder convicted of first degree murder of Dr. George Tiller, Kansas physician who provided abortion services.
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Scott Roeder listening to his attorneys during a pre-trial motion hearing inside a Sedgwick County District Courtroom in Wichita, Kansas. The Wichita Eagle, Travis Heying/AP Photo hide caption

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Scott Roeder listening to his attorneys during a pre-trial motion hearing inside a Sedgwick County District Courtroom in Wichita, Kansas.

The Wichita Eagle, Travis Heying/AP Photo

Update at 12:25 p.m. ET: The jury took 37 minutes to reach its verdict after getting instructions and hearing closing arguments this morning. Sedgwick County District Judge Warren Wilbert forbade Roeder from arguing that by murdering Tiller, he prevented the doctor from performing more abortions. Roeder has identified himself as pro-life and testified that executing Tiller in church last May was the only opportunity he saw to stop Tiller from continuing to work.

Jurors also convicted Roeder of aggravated assault for threatening two men who chased him into a parking lot after he shot Tiller to death. Judge Wilbert set March 9th as a sentencing date: the maximum sentence for Roeder, who's 51, is life with the possibility of parole in 25 years.


Update at 12:05 p.m. ET:
The jury has convicted Scott Roeder of first degree murder and aggravated assault.

A Kansas jury considering the fate of Scott Roeder, accused of shooting to death Kansas abortion provider Dr. George Tiller last May, has reached a verdict.