Scott Roeder, convicted murderer of George Tiller, was led into a Sedgwick County courtroom in 2016.
Scott Roeder, convicted murderer of George Tiller, was led into a Sedgwick County courtroom in 2016. File photo
Scott Roeder, convicted murderer of George Tiller, was led into a Sedgwick County courtroom in 2016. File photo

Mary Sanchez: Tiller murder points up need for more dialogue

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