Evaluator says accused Planned Parenthood shooter not competent to stand trial

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Robert Dear at a 2015 court appearance (Photo: by Andy Cross-Pool/Getty Images)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — An evaluator has told the court that the man who admitted to killing three people and injuring nine others in a shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic on Thanksgiving weekend is not competent to stand trial. The judge must now made a ruling.

At a previous hearing, Chief District Judge Gilbert Martinez ordered a mental exam for Robert Dear, 57, after said he wanted to fire his public defenders and represent himself.

The results of the exam, which was done at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo, were released in court Thursday.

At a court appearance in December, Dear had outbursts and called himself “guilty” and a “warrior for babies.”

Dear is accused of killing University of Colorado-Colorado Springs officer Garrett Swasey and two others at the clinic during a shooting spree on Nov. 27. The 15 clinic employees survived.

In court Thursday, lead Colorado Springs police Det. Jerry Schiffelbei testified that he talked with Dear for more than seven hours after the shooting, saying Dear wanted to waive his Miranda rights and speak with detectives.

Schiffelbei said Dear made comments about “saving the babies” and “no more baby parts.”

Schiffelbei also testified that Dear believed “the Feds were after him” since he called a radio station after federal agents raided the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas on Feb 28, 1993.

Lawyers also discussed phone calls Dear made from jail to family and members of the media.

He is charged with 179 counts, including murder, attempted murder and assault.

 

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