January 12, 2010 on CBS News
A judge in Kansas has sparked uproar by permitting a confessed murderer to argue that he was justified in killing an abortion doctor.
Scott Roeder, 51, an airport shuttle bus driver with a history of schizophrenia, admitted that he shot George Tiller in the head at the start of a church service in Wichita in May.
Roeder claimed that the killing was justified because Dr Tiller — nicknamed “Tiller the Baby Killer” by anti-abortion activists — was one of only four doctors in America willing to perform late-term abortions.
In court papers filed yesterday defence lawyers said: “In the mind of Mr Roeder the victim presented a clear danger to unborn children.”