Judge rules Planned Parenthood clinic shooting suspect Robert Dear still incompetent to stand trial

Posted at 6:31 AM, Aug 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-11 21:48:09-04

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- A judge has ruled that the man who acknowledges killing three people at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic is still incompetent to stand trial.

Judge Gilbert Martinez reviewed Robert Dear's mental health in court Thursday.

Martinez ruled that Dear should stay at the state mental hospital until his next court review in November.

Dear has been undergoing treatment since Martinez deemed him incompetent in May.

Dear responded to that ruling in May by calling the judge, "filthy animal and prejudice."

In other courtroom outbursts, Dear has said he was guilty and called himself a "warrior for the babies."

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

He was deemed incompetent after two psychologists testified he has a delusion disorder and concluded his mental illness is impacting his ability to stand trial.

Dear told investigators he attacked the clinic because of his anti-abortion stance.

Clinic shooting

In the search warrants obtained by Denver7, Dear told police he wore a home-made protective vest that was created with silver coins and duct tape.  He was armed with four rifles and propane tanks which he planned to blow up.

Dear also admitted he called the clinic to get directions before the attack.

The documents said Dear shot three victims in the parking lot of Planned Parenthood.

At approximately 11:51 a.m., Dear was seen entering the building with numerous black bags and something over his shoulder.  At 12:06 p.m. tactical responders from CSPD and EPSO responded to the scene and just a minute later one member of the team reported being shot.

When CSPD and EPSO team members attempted to enter the building, three of them were shot and wounded.

As Dear was put into a police car after his arrest, he began yelling about the killing of babies, witnesses said. He later told investigators he went to that Planned Parenthood because he was upset they performed abortions and sold baby parts.  He also said he hoped aborted fetuses would meet him at the gates of heaven and thank him for what he did, according to the arrest affidavit.

The attack was not Dear's first.  Documents show he super glued the door locks at an abortion clinic in South Carolina and had a long fascination with Paul Hill, a former minister who was put to death in 2003 for killing a Florida abortion provider and his bodyguard.

The paperwork obtained by Denver7 included the search warrant for Dear's car. It said officers found two rifles, two pistols, one shotgun, a bible, knives, a hatchet, metal stars, ammo and other items.

Read the arrest warrant here.


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