The question going into the Scott Roeder trial was not whether he killed Wichita abortion doctor George Tiller; Roeder had already confessed. Rather, it was whether Sedgwick County District Judge Warren Wilbert would allow jurors to consider the charge of voluntary manslaughter, based on Roeder’s warped belief that he killed Tiller in order to save the lives of unborn babies. Wilbert made the correct ruling Thursday not to allow the lesser charge, and the jury needed only 30 minutes today to find Roeder guilty of first-degree murder, along with two additional counts of aggravated assault. Roeder wanted to get credit for his crime. After he receives his sentence on March 9 — preferably the Hard 50, as District Attorney Nola Foulston is requesting — he’ll also get the consequence. And then may we never hear from him again.
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