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Nation Digest: Roeder Charged With 1st-Degree Murder of Abortion Provider Tiller

Wednesday, June 3, 2009


First-Degree Murder Charged in Tiller Case

An antiabortion activist was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in the death of abortion provider George Tiller. The prosecutor said unspecified evidence ruled out the death penalty.

Scott P. Roeder, 51, was shown via a video link from the Sedgwick County Jail. Judge Ben Burgess ordered Roeder held without bond and said he was not allowed to communicate with Tiller's family. The judge told Roeder that he would be assigned a public defender. "And I'll obviously be hearing from one of those lawyers between now -- or do you know how long it will be before I hear from one of those lawyers?" Roeder asked, his only question in the brief appearance. The judge answered that it would be within two days. A preliminary hearing is set for June 16.

Roeder is accused of shooting Tiller to death Sunday. Roeder also was charged with aggravated assault for allegedly threatening two people who tried to stop him.

-- Associated Press


Man Pleads Not Guilty In Attack on Soldiers

A Muslim convert who pleaded not guilty to killing a soldier outside a recruiting center had the firepower to take out many more while on a mission to "kill as many people in the Army as he could," police said.

Authorities said they recovered Molotov cocktails, three guns and ammunition from Abdulhakim Muhammad's truck after the attack Monday in a suburban Little Rock shopping center.

Muhammad targeted soldiers "because of what they had done to Muslims in the past," authorities said.

Pvt. William Long, 23, was killed, and Pvt. Quinton I. Ezeagwula, 18, was wounded. Muhammad pleaded not guilty to one count of capital murder and 16 counts of committing a terrorist act. He faces the death penalty if convicted.

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