Roeder Objects to “Being Treated as a Criminal” Before Conviction: Interview with Alleged Tiller Kil

Fri Jun 5, 2009 - 12:15 pm EST

By Kathleen Gilbert

WICHITA, June 5, 2009 ( - In a three-minute interview with the Associated Press on Thursday, suspected Tiller killer Scott Roeder lamented that he was "being treated as a criminal" before being proven guilty, and thanked all who had prayed for him.

Roeder was arrested hours after Kansas late-term abortionist George Tiller was shot and killed while distributing programs as an usher at his Lutheran church. Police apprehended Roeder, 51, as he drove away from the scene, and he was subsequently charged with first degree-murder.

Roeder refused to comment on the Tiller murder, saying he would discuss it later.

The Kansas City resident disputed the “broad brush” used by media, describing him as simply anti-government, saying: “I want people to stop and think: It is not anti-government. It is anti-corrupt-government."

“I haven’t been convicted of anything, and I am being treated as a criminal,” Roeder told the AP. He also said was concerned about the media attention received by his elderly mother and the rest of his family.

“I appreciate your prayers," said Roeder

Roeder, who according to a 2005 court ruling was diagnosed with schizophrenia, has a history of trouble with the law stemming from his participation in violent anti-government groups. 

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A Portrait of an Alleged Murderer: The Life of Suspected Tiller Killer Scott Roeder

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