Resentencing date set for Kansas abortion provider’s killer

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2010, file photo, Scott Roeder confers with his attorney during this first-degree murder trial in Wichita, Kan. Roeder, the man convicted of killing abortion provider George Tiller in 2009, may have more leeway at his yet-to-be-set resentencing to argue before a new jury that he was acting in defense of others, a judge said Wednesday, April 6, 2016. (Jeff Tuttle/The Wichita Eagle via AP, Pool, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2010, file photo, Scott Roeder confers with his attorney during this first-degree murder trial in Wichita, Kan. Roeder, the man convicted of killing abortion provider George Tiller in 2009, may have more leeway at his yet-to-be-set resentencing to argue before a new jury that he was acting in defense of others, a judge said Wednesday, April 6, 2016. (Jeff Tuttle/The Wichita Eagle via AP, Pool, File)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The man convicted of killing abortion provider George Tiller will face this fall a new jury, which will be tasked with deciding how long he must stay in prison before he is eligible for parole.

Sedgwick County District Court records show resentencing procedures for Scott Roeder are set to begin Nov. 28. A status conference is scheduled Sept. 21.

Roeder’s life sentence with no chance of parole for 50 years was among many vacated after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2013 that juries, not judges, must decide whether to increase punishment.

Jurors must decide whether to resentence him to at least 50 or 25 years before being eligible for parole. Prosecutors are seeking a second Hard 50 prison sentence, while the defense contends the lesser term is sufficient.

 

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