Abortion Doc Murder Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

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The man accused of killing late term abortion doctor George Tiller has pleaded not guilty after a judge ruled Tuesday there is enough evidence against him to send the case to trial.
Scott Roeder, 51, listened in court as witnesses detailed his involvement in Tiller's murder. Their privacy was protected from court room cameras.
Men who served as ushers with Dr. George Tiller at the Reformation Lutheran Church in Wichita, Kan. told the court how Tiller was murdered at point blank range inside the church lobby.

"I seen him put the gun up to his head," a witness said.

Roeder appeared to fidget and yawned occasionally during his hearing. He was arrested three hours after Tiller's murder when a witness reported his license plate number to police.

Keith Martin, served as an usher and is now a witness in the trial.

"He turned his head back a little bit, but not all the way around," he said recalling Roeder's actions after allegedly shooting Tiller. "He may have said something, but when he got far enough around where I could hear him he said, 'He is a murderer' or else 'He is a killer,' I'm not sure which."

Dr. Tiller was one of just a handful of doctors in the U.S. that perform abortions late in pregnancy when a baby is often capable of living outside the womb.
His clinic was bombed and in 1993 he was shot in both arms. But Tiller never backed down.

"I have a right to go to work," the late Tiller said. "What I do is legal. What I do is ethical. And you're not going to run me out of town."

Witness George Hoepner recounted Tiller's last moments.

"And then George fell and I just said, in my mind, you know, 'Oh my God'. I couldn't believe what I was seeing," Hoepner said. "It was surreal."

More than 200 names appear on the witness list, including Roeder's ex-wife and son.

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