WICHITA, KAN. — The man charged in the slaying of a high-profile abortion doctor claimed from his jail cell Sunday that similar violence was planned around the nation for as long as the procedure remained legal, a threat that comes days after a federal investigation was launched into his possible accomplices.
A Justice Department spokesman said that the threat was being taken seriously and that additional protection had been ordered for abortion clinics last week.
But a leader of the antiabortion movement derided the accused shooter as "a fruit and a lunatic."
Scott Roeder called the Associated Press from the Sedgwick County Jail, where he's being held on charges of first-degree murder and aggravated assault in the May 31 shooting death of Dr. George Tiller.
"I know there are many other similar events planned around the country as long as abortion remains legal," said Roeder, 51. When asked what he meant and whether he was referring to another shooting, he refused to elaborate.