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Planned Parenthood Shooter Robert Dear Ruled Incompetent to Stand Trial Again

Dear in court in December. Photo via AP
Dear in court in December. Photo via AP

A judge has ruled Robert Lewis Dear, who killed three people and wounded nine at a Planned Parenthood in November 2015, incompetent to stand trial for the second time. Judge Gilbert Martinez first deemed Dear incompetent in May; at the time, Dear responded by calling the judge a “filthy animal.”


In one of his initial appearances in December, Dear had an outburst in court, yelling, “I am guilty, there will be no trial, I am a warrior for the babies.” In a jailhouse interview in February, he told the Colorado Gazette he was responsible for the killings: “I killed three and saved 3,000 babies.” A detective testified in an initial hearing that Dear said “no more baby parts” when he was arrested after the shootings.

Judge Martinez deemed Dear incompetent in May after two state psychologists testified that he has had a delusional disorder for decades. He believes the federal government has been pursuing him because he called a radio station in 1993, following the raid on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas. The delusion, the psychologists said, is preventing him from participating in his own defense.


Martinez ruled Thursday that Dear is still not fit to stand trial. He wasn’t present for the hearing, with his attorneys telling the judge he’s also not fit to participate in motions hearings. That could be due to his repeated comments in the courtroom: at his last competency hearing in May, the Denver Post reported at the time, he twisted his head to face the gallery and yelled, “Anybody want to know why I did it?”

Anna Merlan was a Senior Reporter at G/O Media until September 2019. She's the author of Republic of Lies: American Conspiracy Theorists and Their Surprising Rise to Power.

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Green Lion (formerly PattyBoots)

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