Judge to rethink jury selection in abortion murder

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The trial for a man who admitted killing one of the nation’s few late-term abortion providers could be in limbo as the judge reconsiders his decision to keep jury selection secret.

The trial of 51-year-old Scott Roeder is scheduled to begin Wednesday.

But the Kansas Supreme Court ruled late Tuesday that the media and public weren’t given time to respond after Sedgwick County Judge Warren Wilbert decided to close the proceedings.

Wilbert wasn’t ordered to reverse his decision, which had been challenged by media outlets including The Associated Press. But he is expected to meet Wednesday with a media attorney, prosecutors and defense lawyers.

Roeder of Kansas City, Mo., is accused of shooting Dr. George Tiller inside a Wichita church in May.