Planned Parenthood Shooter Tells Judge He Wants to Represent Himself

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Robert Dear, the man who attacked a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic last month which resulted in the killing of three people, announced to a judge he wanted to fire his lawyers and represent himself in court. “I do not want them as my lawyers,” Dear said in a court hearing on Wednesday. “I invoke my constitutional right to defend myself.”

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According to the Wall Street Journal, Judge Gilbert Martinez ordered Dear to undergo a mental competency evaluation, which he refused. “The question is, do I have a constitutional right to be my own attorney, and if I do, your forced psychiatric evaluation — that is not your right,” Dear said. “How can I trust my attorney when he says in the newspaper that I’m incompetent?” he continued, while stating that evaluators would aim to medicate him and “make me a zombie.” Dear asked the judge, “Do I sound like a zombie? Do I sound like I have no intelligence?”

On November 27, Dear shot and killed three victims, including Army veteran Ke’Arre Stewart, Jennifer Markovsky and Officer Garrett Swasey, during a five-hour standoff with police. Nine others were wounded in the attack. He faces 179 felony charges, including first-degree murder, attempted murder and other charges, AP reports.

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During his first court appearance on December 9, Dear declared that he was guilty of the killings and called himself a “warrior for the babies.” His next court appearance is scheduled for February 24.


Contact the author at marie.lodi@jezebel.com.

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This guy is as mentally competent as any other cold-blooded killer. He was handed a combination of fear, hate, blame, and the means to turn it all into violence.

If he wants to represent himself in court and say the exact same thing that his right-wing handlers have, then he should be allowed to do so. The far right refuses to see the link between their rhetoric, their public policies, and the deaths that result; Dear can be the voice for all of them.