Accused Planned Parenthood shooter still incompetent to stand trial

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - The man who admitted to being the Planned Parenthood shooter has once again been ruled incompetent to stand trial.

Robert Lewis Dear; Photo: Colorado Springs Police Department / MGN

Robert Dear, 59, is too mentally disturbed to participate in his defense, according to 4th Judicial District Chief Judge William Bain. Bain ordered Dear to remain at the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo on Tuesday.

Dear faces 179 counts for the Nov. 27, 2015 shooting, which left three dead and nine injured.

Dear was first declared incompetent to stand trial in spring 2016 by a different judge. He has been in and out of court roughly every three months since for his fitness to be reassessed.

Dear is diagnosed with delusional disorder. The state hospital has won a judge's authorization to force medications on Dear, but it hasn't been publicly announced if that type of treatment has been given.

Another review hearing is scheduled for May 21.