The accused Planned Parenthood shooter, Robert Dear, was back in court Wednesday afternoon.
In the first few moments of the court hearing, he said he wants to fire his defense lawyers saying, "I do not want them as my lawyers. I invoke my constitutional right to represent myself."
The judge reminded Dear that anything he said could be used against him and recommended that Dear speak to his attorneys before he speaks in court.
"How can I trust my attorney when he tells the newspaper that I'm incompetent?" Dear said.
The judge continued to encourage him to stop talking to which Dear replied, "I want to be my own attorney."
It was later when one of Dear's attorneys insisted the issue should be discussed that the judge granted an ex parte hearing, meaning everyone besides Dear, his attorneys and the judge could be present.
Daniel King, one of Dear's attorneys, said the meeting should be private because discussing the issue of Dear wanting to represent himself may result in statements that would be confidential under attorney/client privilege.
A few minutes later everyone was allowed back in the courtroom where the judge announced he was ordering a mental health evaluation for Dear.
He cited a Colorado Supreme Court Case that said in cases like this, a judge can order a competency evaluation to determine if the defendant is waiving his counsel "knowingly, voluntarily and intelligently."
Dear said the evaluation is forced and is infringing on his constitutional right to defend himself.
The judge explained the competency hearing will determine whether or not Dear has a mental or developmental disability and if he has a "rational and factual understanding of court proceedings."
The District Attorney's Office argued saying based on what Dear has said in court, they think he understands the court proceedings, he knows he has constitutional rights and they believe he is competent.
"Do I sound like a zombie? Does it sound like I'm incompetent? So when I come back next month and I'm drugged like the Batman guy, remember that," Dear said referring to the James Holmes trial.
The judge said if Dear chooses not to cooperate with the evaluation, doctors can use what he's said already and his social and medical history to come to their own determination.
"I'm not going to say anything at the psychiatric exam. I am not going to say one thing," Dear said.
If doctors find Dear incompetent to stand trial, either party can request a second evaluation within 14 days of the findings of the first one.
If the court eventually determines Dear is incompetent, all court hearings will stop and the court will start to determine a treatment plan.
“Competency can be raised by any party in the courtroom, the judge, the prosecutor, the defense. Once it’s raised, the judge has to make the decision if they’re incompetent or competent or I can’t tell. Essentially the judge said I cant tell," The 4th Judicial District Attorney Dan May said.
Dear will have his competency evaluation at the state mental health hospital in Pueblo. Due to backlogged cases, the DA's office said the process could take up to six months to complete.
The judge did schedule a hearing for February to discuss any updates.
At Dear's last hearing a few weeks ago, his defense attorney was asking the judge for more time so they could have a doctor evaluate the suspect to see if he's competent to stand trial.
At his first in-court hearing, he made it very clear that he did not want to be represented by his defense attorney, even shouting at one point, "I'm guilty! There's no trial!"
"Do you know who this lawyer is? He's the lawyer for the Batman shooter; they drugged him up and that's what they want to do with me," Dear said, referring to defense attorney Daniel King's representation of the Aurora theater shooter, James Holmes.
11 News met with David Webster, a local attorney, who gave us his insight into the case.
"Based upon what that competency evaluation tells them, it can be a determination as to whether they want to proceed forward with making a plea for insanity or something like that," Webster said.
Although all of the statements Dear said in court could be used against him, Webster said he's not sure the prosecution would use any of it.
"Granted, it's an admission on his part, but the circumstances under which that admission was made were pretty unusual. He was definitely in his airspace that day," Webster said.
Click here for previous coverage of Dear's court appearances.