COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A judge has found a man who acknowledged killing three people at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic mentally incompetent to continue with his criminal case.
The ruling Wednesday by Judge Gilbert Martinez puts the case against 57-year-old Robert Dear on hold until his mental competency can be restored through treatment. The case will resume when he's found to be capable of understanding the court proceedings and assist in his defense.
Dear is charged with 179 counts stemming from the Nov. 27, 2015 shooting at the Colorado Springs clinic that also left nine injured. During courtroom outbursts, he has declared himself a "warrior for the babies" and said he was guilty.
Martinez ordered the competency exam in December after Dear announced that he wanted to fire his public defenders and represent himself. Psychologists have testified Dear isn't mentally capable of understanding the court proceedings or helping his lawyers.