COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The man charged with killing three people and injuring nine in a shooting at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood office last month says he wants to represent himself in court.
However, the judge in the case wants Robert Dear, 57, to undergo a competency hearing.
Dear was in court Wednesday when he told the judge he was invoking his constitutional right to represent himself.
Following Dear’s announcement, the judge cleared the courtroom before making the decision to hold the competency hearing.
When the judge told Dear to listen to the advice of his attorney, Dear questioned how he could trust his lawyer, Daniel King, after King suggested he wasn't competent to stand trial.
The judge ordered Dear to undergo a mental competency evaluation; Dear said he would not cooperate with the evaluation.
Dear's next court appearance is scheduled for February.
At a court appearance earlier this month, Dear had outbursts and called himself "guilty" and a "warrior for babies."
At that time, The 57-year-old was arraigned on a charge of first-degree murder and informed he would be held without bond.
Daniel King, a defense attorney with the Colorado Public Defender's Office, appeared in court to represent Dear during that appearance. King also represented James Holmes, the gunman in the July 20, 2012 Aurora theater shooting that left 12 dead and 70 others injured.
Dear is facing 179 charges in the mass shooting that left a police officer and two civilians dead.AlertMe