Scott Roeder, the suspect held for George Tiller Murder

June 1st, 2009 - 8:38 pm ICT by GD  

Fifty one year old Scott Roeder was arrested on Sunday following the George Tiller murder in Wichita, Texas. Roeder, however, has not been officially charged for the murder and at present he is being held by the authorities in Texas, as a ” person of interest”.

Dr. George Tiller who was one of the prominent personalities of the county was shot down in the Wichita church, where he was serving as one of the ushers. After, the shootout a suspect was arrested by the police, who was later identified as Scot Roeder. Following further investigations, the police have reported that during the 90’s, Roeder belonged to the “Freemen” group, an anti-government sect and that in April 1996 he was held in custody for the possession of bomb making materials which included ammunition, a blasting cap, a fuse cord, a one-pound can of gunpowder and two 9-volt batteries in his car. For this incident, Roeder received 24 months probation.

After Scott’s arrest for the Tiller murder, his uncle Clarence Roeder issued a statement late on Sunday saying, “This is a tragedy for the Tiller family and we feel so badly about that, that Scott would murder the doctor in the Lutheran church. We are also Lutherans and that adds a double touch of sadness and irony.”

Scott P. Roeder is 51 years of age and hails from Merriam, Kansas. He was arrested round about three hours after the shootout near Gardner that is around 170 miles from the scene of the crime, which took place at 10 am at the Reformation Lutheran Church.

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