WICHITA - The man charged in the slaying of late-term abortion provider George Tiller says he's "being treated as a criminal" even though he hasn't been convicted of anything.
Scott Roeder called the Associated Press on Thursday from the Sedgwick County Jail and disputed characterizations in the news media of him as being anti-government, saying he is "anti-corrupt government."
"I haven't been convicted of anything and I am being treated as a criminal," he said in a telephone conversation that lasted about three minutes. When asked by the AP to discuss the Tiller shooting, Roeder, 51, Merriam, Kan., refused to comment, saying he would talk about that later. Roeder is charged with first-degree murder for allegedly killing Tiller with a single gunshot as the doctor handed out programs Sunday while ushering at the Lutheran church he attended. Roeder also is accused of assaulting two witnesses before leaving the church and driving away. Roeder was arrested a few hours later, near Gardner, about 170 miles northeast of Wichita. Roeder said he has made it through the first several days of his incarceration, but is concerned about the media attention his family, particularly his elderly mother, has been getting. "I appreciate your prayers," he said.
Me and the rest of the gang are gonna bust this guy outta there!
....as soon as we finish inventing a kind of body armor that allows people to pass through solid objects. Until then I think his only chance at escaping will be The Shawshank Redemption way... and by that I mean he gives the guards a copy of the The Shawshank Redemption on DVD and tries to break out while they are distracted from watching it since it was like a 4 hour movie.