COPY-Possible threats spur $20M bond for Tiller suspect

Associated Press - June 16, 2009 12:54 PM ET

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Prosecutors are taking possible threats made by the man accused of killing abortion provider George Tiller seriously. That's why the bond for Scott Roeder was raised to $20 million from $5 million.

A transcript released Tuesday of an impromptu telephone call last week between attorneys and the judge in the case makes public for the first time why his bond was increased.

District Attorney Nola Foulston told the judge prosecutors were concerned about the safety of the community because Roeder can "reach out" to several people and blogs. She said a reasonable person would believe the suspect has engaged in "alleged acts of American terrorism."

In raising the bond, Judge Warren Wilbert cited comments Roeder has made to the news media since his arrest about other possible anti-abortion "events."

In a docket hearing Tuesday, Roeder's preliminary hearing was continued until June 30.

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