COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) We could learn as early as Tuesday afternoon whether or not the man accused in the Planned Parenthood shooting is mentally fit to stand trial.
The competency hearing for Robert Dear, who faces 176 charges for the November shooting at the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood, resumes Tuesday afternoon.
In April, two psychologists from the Colorado State Mental Institute at Pueblo told Judge Gilbert Martinez that Dear suffers from delusional disorder. They said Dear told them he believed the FBI had been following him for years and that they spied on him through radios.
Both psychologists said Dear may have a factual understanding of the court proceedings, meaning he knows who the parties are and what charges he’s facing, but that he doesn’t have a rational understanding of what’s going on.
They told the judge that Dear cannot assist in his own defense because he doesn’t have a logical understanding of the case because of his delusions.
If the judge finds Dear incompetent, he will be sent to Pueblo to undergo treatment. The case will then be put on hold until Dear can be rehabilitated. If he’s found to be competent, the trial will proceed as normal.