Defense Cites CO Clinic Shooter Mental Illness As He Interrupts Hearing


Robert Dear Jr., the man accused of killing three people at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado on Nov. 27, proclaimed he was a “warrior for the babies” and said he was guilty, shocking a packed courtroom yesterday, the Denver Post reports. El Paso County prosecutors filed 179 counts, including eight charges of first-degree murder, against Dear. Dear, 57, made dozens of outbursts declaring his guilt, accusing his attorneys of trying to drug him and exclaiming, “Kill the babies! That’s what Planned Parenthood does.”

With his hands and feet restrained, Dear twisted in his chair so his back was facing people in the gallery. He did not look behind him at the victims’ families in the courtroom. Four minutes into the hearing, Dear interrupted his attorney, public defender Daniel King. King asked Judge Gilbert Martinez to order prosecutors to promptly provide evidence so the defense team can “learn the depth of Mr. Dear’s mental illness.” Because defense attorneys have “serious concerns about competency,” King asked the judge to delay setting a preliminary hearing. During the preliminary hearing, prosecutors will present evidence they believe support the charges in the case.

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