Judge: Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood shooter still 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)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A judge says a man who acknowledges killing three people at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs remains mentally incompetent.

Friday’s hearing was the latest routine review of Robert Dear’s mental health status. He was first judged to be legally incompetent in May 2016 and has been held at the state mental health hospital in Pueblo since then.

The hospital received permission this year to forcefully medicate Dear. Because of medical privacy rules, state officials have refused to say whether Dear is being medicated.

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

Dear was not in court for Friday’s hearing. The next review is set for January.

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