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January 13, 2010 7:17 AM

Judge rules Roeder can pursue voluntary manslaughter defense

A Sedgwick County district judge Tuesday said Scott Roeder could pursue a defense of voluntary manslaughter. Prosecutors had asked Judge Warren Wilbert to block Roeder, 51, from building a case that might lead to a lesser charge than first-degree premeditated murder. Roeder is charged with killing Wichita abortion provider George Tiller on May 31 at the doctor's church. Roeder has admitted to the shooting but said he killed to protect the unborn.

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