Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood gunman remains incompetent to stand trial in shooting


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)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A man who acknowledged killing three people at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic nearly four years ago remains mentally incompetent to stand trial.

A judge made the determination regarding Robert Dear during a hearing Monday in Colorado Springs.

Dear didn’t attend the hearing because he continues to undergo treatment at the state mental hospital in Pueblo.

He is charged with 179 counts, including murder and attempted murder, in the 2015 shooting in Colorado Springs.

Dear’s mental health status must be reviewed every 90 days. He was first judged to be legally incompetent in May 2016.

In 2017, an appellate court ruled that antipsychotic medication can be forcibly administered to him.

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