Alleged Planned Parenthood shooter again ruled incompetent to stand trial

 Robert Dear during his first courtroom appearance, Dec. 9, 2015.
Robert Dear during his first courtroom appearance, Dec. 9, 2015. (KKTV)
Published: Sep. 24, 2020 at 1:03 PM MDT
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - The self-proclaimed Planned Parenthood shooter was again found incompetent to stand trial.

As with other competency hearings over the last couple of years or more, Robert Dear was not in the courtroom during Thursday morning’s court proceedings.

Since the first day he appeared in court following the harrowing events of Nov. 27, 2015, Dear has claimed responsibility for the shooting that killed three and injured nine.

“I’m guilty! There’s no trial! I’m a warrior for the babies!” he shouted in the courtroom on Dec. 9, 2015, one of more than a dozen outbursts at that first hearing.

But he has remained in legal limbo in the nearly five years since due to mental competency issues.

Dear was first found incompetent to stand trial six months after the shooting and had been reassessed by the state mental hospital in Pueblo on a regular basis; first every 90 days, then following a law change in 2019, every 60 days.

His next competency hearing is in early December.

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