Murder jury ignored abortion question

Jan. 31, 2010 at 8:21 PM
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WICHITA, Kan., Jan. 31 (UPI) -- A juror in the Kansas trial of a man found guilty of murdering abortion doctor George Tiller said the subject of abortion did not figure in deliberations.

Speaking anonymously out of concerns for his safety, the 54-year-old said the jury limited its discussion to whether Scott Roeder's shooting of Tiller was first-degree murder, the Wichita (Kansas) Eagle reported Sunday.

Referring to abortion, the juror said, "It never came up."

He said the jury found the evidence of murder "overwhelming."

"There wasn't much to argue about," he said of the deliberations, which produced a guilty verdict after just 37 minutes.

In his testimony, Roeder said he fatally shot Tiller in May 2009 in the foyer of the church Tiller attended to prevent more abortions.

That testimony hurt his own case, showing premeditation and "how he plotted this for a number of years," the juror told the Eagle.

"The trial was really based on cold, hard facts... undisputable facts," he said.

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