Alleged Planned Parenthood Gunman, Now Facing 179 Charges

Robert Dear during his first courtroom appearance, Dec. 9, 2015.

UPDATE 3:26 p.m.: The families of at least two of the victims slain in the Planned Parenthood shooting attended Robert Dear's court appearance Wednesday.

Family members of UCCS Officer Garrett Swasey and Iraq veteran Ke'arre Stewart were in the courtroom as Dear learned what charges he would face for allegedly killing their loved ones.

Dear made multiple outbursts during the court session--our reporter counted nearly 20--including declaring he was a "warrior for the babies" and accusing his own public defender of wanting to drug him.

"Do you know who this lawyer is? He's the lawyer for the Batman shooter," Dear exclaimed. "They drugged [James Holmes] up, and that's what they want to do with me!"

His attorney Daniel King, who did represent Aurora theater shooter James Holmes, questioned whether Dear was competent to stand trial. Dear declared he was competent, and said he was not going to agree to a mental health evaluation.

Though investigators have not publicly released a motive, Dear heavily eluded to one with frequent references to abortion.

"Protect babies!" he exclaimed once.

"Can you add the babies that had been aborted that day, can you add that to the list?" he yelled another time while lawyers and the judge deliberated whether a list of victims' names should be made public.

When District Attorney Dan May said he wanted Planned Parenthood to meet with defense team, Dear exclaimed "Seal the truth, huh? Kill babies, that's what Planned Parenthood does!"

Dear claimed his public defender was in cahoots with Planned Parenthood, suggesting that by trying to seal documents, the lawyer was trying to hide what Dear saw inside the building to protect the clinic.

Dear also complained about being behind bars.

"I'm housed with no toilet, no water. Have Amnesty International contact me, please!"
UPDATE 2:53 p.m.: Robert Dear faces 179 counts for allegedly storming a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood on a snowy Black Friday afternoon and gunning down 12 people.

Dear is accused of killing three and injuring nine in the shooting rampage. More than 300 people were locked down in the nearby shopping center as the suspect--who police believe was Dear--engaged in a fire fight with officers for four terrifying hours.

First responders' courageous actions on Nov. 27 prevented the number of victims from being even higher.

Under different theories of law, Dear faces multiple charges for each victim: eight first-degree murder charges and 131 attempted first-degree murder charges.

Despite declaring he "will not meet with him [his attorney] again," Dear will be back in court on Dec. 23.
UPDATE 2:10 p.m.: In a court appearance to determine formal charges, accused Planned Parenthood gunman Robert Dear reportedly announced his guilt--and strongly hinted at a motive.

"I am guilty. There will be no trial. I am a warrior for the babies," Dear reportedly exclaimed before the charges were read.

Reporter Rick Sallinger with our partners at KCNC left the courtroom early to report the outburst, which is how 11 News obtained this information. Our reporters remain in the courtroom, where phones and laptops are not allowed.

Sallinger also reports that that Dear is refusing to meet with attorney after Wednesday, and stated, "This is my life."
The suspected gunman, Robert Dear, will face a judge for the second time Wednesday.

Dear is expected to hear the official charges against him. He's already facing a murder charge, but more charges could be added. Currently, Dear is being held at the El Paso County jail without bond. When he steps into the courthouse Wednesday, it will be the first time he will leave the jail since he turned himself in nearly two weeks ago.

Dear is accused of killing three people, and injuring nine others on Black Friday at the Planned Parenthood building. He's suspected of a hours long standoff with several law enforcement agencies. Reports say he continuously fired rounds at officers.

The three people killed were UCCS Police Officer Garrett Swasey, Ke'Arre Stewart and Jennifer Markovsky.

Dear's first court appearance was last week. He stood with Daniel King, one of the attorneys who represented Aurora theater shooter James Holmes. Holmes was facing the death penalty, but ended up getting life in prison.

Families of the victims came to watch the video advisement last week. Ke'Arre Stewart's family has told 11 News that they want justice.

"The guy didn't know him, he didn't know the guy. I forgive him though," said Leyonte Chandler, Stewart's brother.

If convicted, Dear could face a minimum sentence of life on prison or a maximum sentence of death. The DA's office has several weeks to decide whether to seek the death penalty or not.

In addition to the first-degree murder charge, Dear could face federal charges. That decision has not been made yet.

11 News will let you know what happens in court.