30 Jan 2010

US man found guilty of murdering abortion doctor

8:56 am on 30 January 2010

A man who killed an abortion doctor in the United States is facing life in prison after being found guilty of first degree murder.

Scott Roeder, 51, had pleaded not guilty to murder, arguing that he committed manslaughter to save the lives of unborn children.

He shot 67-year-old George Tiller at his church in Wichita, Kansas on 31 May, 2009.

The BBC reports Dr Tiller had been a target of anti-abortion activists for many years.

His clinic was one of only three in the US that offered what are known as late-term abortions, performed after 21 weeks.

It was heavily fortified after a bomb attack in 1986. Dr Tiller also survived an attempt on his life in 1993.

Roeder faces life in jail with the possibility of parole after 25 years. He is due to be sentenced on 9 March.