Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

$1 Million Bail in Shooting of Doctor

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

$1 Million Bail in Shooting of Doctor

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An anti-abortion demonstrator arrested in the shooting of a doctor outside an abortion clinic was charged Monday with attempted first-degree murder and held on $1 million bail.

In setting the bail, the judge said anti-abortion activists might be using "terror as a political tool."

The suspect, Rachelle Renae "Shelley" Shannon, is accused of wounding Dr. George Tiller in both arms Thursday outside his Women's Health Care Services clinic in Wichita. Tiller was treated at a local hospital and returned to work less than 12 hours later.

Sedgwick County District Judge Paul Clark scheduled Sept. 7 as the tentative preliminary hearing date for Shannon, 37, of Grants Pass, Ore.

The judge moved Monday's hearing to another judge's courtroom and held it about an hour earlier than scheduled. Reporters waiting at Clark's courtroom were told by a secretary that the hearing was already over.

Clark told KFDI radio that he was concerned about pretrial publicity and wanted to avoid large crowds of demonstrators during the hearing. …

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