Planned Parenthood Suspect Hearing Rescheduled To Give More Time For Competency Evaluation

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UPDATE, 2/24 1:50 p.m.: The court hearing for accused Planned Parenthood shooter Robert Dear has been rescheduled for March to give more time for his mental health evaluation to be completed.

Before he left, the suspect told the judge he'd like to say something.

"You may not," the judge responded.
The accused Planned Parenthood shooter, Robert Dear, will be in court Wednesday on a motions hearing. It's possible that an update on Dear's court order competency evaluation will be discussed.

The judge ordered the competency evaluation in December after he couldn't tell if Dear would be fit to represent himself in court. At December's court appearance, Dear had said he wants to fire his attorney and represent himself. The exam would give more insight into whether Dear's mentally capable to represent himself.

Prosecutors say he's competent because his outbursts show an understanding of the charges.

Fourth Judicial District Attorney Dan May said it could take up to six months for the competency evaluation to be complete at the state hospital in Pueblo.

If doctors find that Dear is incompetent, then all court hearings will stop and the court will determine a treatment plan. If doctors find him competent, the case will continue as normal.

More about the evaluation could be discussed at Wednesday's motion hearing. It's scheduled for 1:30 p.m.