COPY-Officer describes bloody scene at Tiller shooting

Associated Press - January 22, 2010 3:34 PM ET

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - The widow of slain abortion provider Dr. George Tiller put her head in her hands as a police officer testified about photographs taken at the scene when Tiller was shot and killed.

Jeanne Tiller sat quietly and showed little emotion during much of the testimony Friday. But when prosecutors questioned Officer Valerie Shirkey about the crime scene photos she had taken, she placed her head into her hands and covered her eyes.

Scott Roeder of Kansas City, Mo., is charged with premeditated, first-degree murder in Tiller's May 31 shooting death at a Wichita church. Prosecutors began presenting their case after opening statements Friday.

Shirkey testified that Tiller was "laying a pool of blood" and that a doctor who had been trying to help Tiller was also "covered in blood."

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.