Judge: Colorado Planned Parenthood shooter remains incompetent

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Robert Lewis Dear addresses Judge Gilbert Martinez during a court appearance on Dec. 9, 2015 in Colorado Springs. (Photo: by Andy Cross-Pool/Getty Images)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A Colorado judge has ruled that a man who acknowledges killing three people at a Planned Parenthood clinic remains mentally incompetent.

Friday’s hearing was the first review of Robert Dear’s mental health since the Colorado Supreme Court declined last month to prevent Dear from being given medication against his will.

The Gazette reports that whether Dear is now being medicated is unclear because of privacy rules.

Dear was first judged to be legally incompetent two years ago. He has been held at the state mental health hospital in Pueblo since then.

Dear is charged with 179 counts, including murder and attempted murder, stemming from the Nov. 27, 2015, shooting at the Colorado Springs clinic that also injured nine.

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