The trial for Scott Roeder, the alleged murderer of Kansas abortion provider George Tiller, MD, has been postponed until January 2010. Roeder’s trial for first degree murder and two counts of aggravated assault had originally been set to begin today, according to the Wichita Eagle.
If convicted of all charges, Roeder faces life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years. Preliminary hearings for Roeder were held in July.
Dr. Tiller, who was medical director of the Women’s Health Care Services clinic in Wichita, Kansas, was killed in May at his church. The Department of Justice opened an investigation in June to look into possible federal crimes associated with the murder. The federal government also convened a meeting of the National Task Force on Violence Against Reproductive Health Care Providers in the days following the murder and Attorney General Eric Holder deployed US Marshals to protect highly threatened clinics and staff.