WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – A church usher has testified that he watched the fatal shooting of prominent Kansas abortion provider Dr. George Tiller by a man who has confessed publicly to the killing.
Gary Hoepner, an usher at the Reformation Lutheran Church in Wichita, testified Monday that he saw 51-year-old Scott Roeder (ROH-der) walk into the church May 31, put the gun “point blank” to Tiller’s head and pull the trigger.
Hoepner says he ran after Roeder but stopped after Roeder threatened to shoot him and another usher.
Roeder has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and aggravated assault in the slaying of Tiller, one of the nation’s few providers of late-term abortions. Roeder has said publicly that he killed Tiller to save unborn children.