Judge: Resentencing of doctor’s killer won’t be ‘a circus’

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) — A Kansas judge says he won’t allow the resentencing of a man convicted of killing abortion provider George Tiller to turn into a “political forum on abortion” or “a circus.”

The Wichita Eagle reports that Judge Warren Wilbert made the comments Wednesday while preparing for the start of Scott Roeder’s Nov. 28 trial. Roeder says he shot Tiller in 2009 in an attempt to end abortion.

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 want the longer sentence and the defense the lesser term.

 

 

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