Dear appeared in a packed Colorado Springs court via a video feed from jail. As his public defender sat beside him, he looked dazed and was slurring his speech.
He was advised by Judge Gil Martinez that he faces an initial charge of first-degree murder. The whole hearing only lasted about 10 minutes. Because it’s a first-degree murder charge, no bond set was set.
Three people were killed and nine were injured at the Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs on Friday. Dear surrendered after a five hour standoff.
The prosecution is expected to present formal charges in the case next week. Part of the reason is police say the crime scene won't be fully processed until the end of the week.
Plus, there are discussions going on about whether Dear will also be charged in federal court. The prosecutor wouldn't talk about those discussions. But there are a number of federal statutes he can be charged on, including restricting access to an abortion clinic. He's been labeled a domestic terrorist by several officials, as well.
Colorado Springs District Attorney Dan May also said that he has been in touch with federal prosecutors about the case but didn't say what they've been discussing. The prosecutor also said he can’t say yet whether his office will seek the death penalty.
Additional reporting by the Associated Press.
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