KS Abortion Killing Tied To Earlier Shooting

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The woman convicted of shooting Dr. George Tiller in both arms in 1993 is on a list released Monday of potential witnesses against the man now charged with killing the Kansas abortion provider.

Rachelle "Shelley" Shannon, who 16 years ago used her trial to express her violent anti-abortion views, has resurfaced as a potential witness in the government's case against the Kansas City, Mo., man suspected of killing Tiller. Her name is among 220 on the state's witness list.

Scott Roeder, 51, is charged with one count of first-degree murder in Tiller's death and two counts of aggravated assault for allegedly threatening two ushers who tried to stop him during the May 31 melee at the doctor's church.

Tiller, 67, had been the target of relentless protests for most of the 36 years that he performed abortions at his Wichita clinic, where he practiced as one of the nation's few providers of late-term abortions. His clinic was also bombed in 1986.

Sedgwick County District Attorney Nola Foulston, who is leading the case against Roeder, prosecuted Shannon in the 1993 shooting.

Prosecutors said they anticipate that testimony at the preliminary hearing starting Tuesday will take at least one day. If the judge finds enough evidence to proceed to trial, Roeder would then enter his plea.

Roeder's preliminary hearing on one count of first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated assault is scheduled for Tuesday morning.

Unless the defense waives the hearing, prosecutors must convince a judge they have enough evidence to merit a trial. Roeder would then enter a plea.

It's unknown how many witnesses the prosecution will call, but their witness list has 220 names so far.

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