Bond Hearing Friday For Roeder

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ A hearing is scheduled for Friday to discuss a bond request by the man charged with killing Kansas abortion provider George Tiller.

The public defender for 51-year-old suspect Scott Roeder filed a motion for bond yesterday in Sedgwick County District Court. Attorney Steve Osburn cites a Kansas law saying bond should be granted for defendants charged with non-capital crimes.

Roeder is charged with first-degree murder in Sunday's fatal shooting of Tiller at a Wichita church where the doctor was ushering. Prosecutors say the case doesn't qualify for the death penalty.

Sedgwick County District Judge Ben Burgess told The Wichita Eagle he had ordered Roeder held without bail at his own discretion, taking public safety into account.

The hearing on the defense motion is set for 9 a.m. Friday.


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