Alleged Planned Parenthood shooter again ruled incompetent to stand trial

Robert Dear in a 2015 court appearance. Dear does not attend competency hearings, and was not in court on Nov. 4, 2019.
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - The alleged Planned Parenthood shooter was again found incompetent to stand trial during a hearing on Monday.

As with other competency hearings over the last year or more, Robert Dear was not in the courtroom during Monday 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 four 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 every 90 days. Starting with the next hearing on Jan. 9, that will change to every 60 days due to a law change.