Man Convicted of Murdering KS Abortion Provider

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In less than an hour, jurors in Kansas returned a guilty verdict against Scott Roeder, the man accused of murdering late-term abortion doctor George Tiller. 

Tiller was shot and killed while attending service at church on May 31, 2009.

Roeder confessed on the stand Thursday to killing the high-profile abortionist. Still, the 51-year-old Kansas City, Mo., man pleaded not guilty, arguing he had to kill Tiller to save the lives of unborn children.

"Why did you kill him?" his defense attorney asked him during the trial.

"The lives of those children were in imminent danger if someone did not stop George Tiller," he replied with no emotion. "He was going to continue as he had done for 36 years prior to that time. If someone did not stop him, they were going to continue to die. The babies were going to continue to die."

Roeder's attorneys were hoping for the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter, which is defined as "an unreasonable but honest belief that circumstances existed that justified deadly force."

But the judge decided that defense does not apply in Roeder's case because abortion is legal in Kansas.

The case will now go to the judge for sentencing. Roeder is facing a mandatory sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years. He is scheduled to be sentenced March 9.

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