Planned Parenthood Shooting Suspect Says He’s A ‘Warrior For The Babies’

December 9, 2015
Photo: Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood suspect Robert Dear
Colorado Springs shooting suspect, Robert Dear, right, appears via video before Judge Gilbert Martinez, with public defender Dan King, at the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center for this first court appearance, where he was told he faces first degree murder charges, n Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The man accused of killing three people at a Planned Parenthood clinic says he's guilty and that he's a "warrior for the babies."

Robert Lewis Dear made the comments Wednesday during a court hearing for prosecutors to announce charges filed against him. The 57-year-old also declared there would be no trial in the case.

Three people were killed in the Nov. 27 shootings — two civilians and a campus police officer who responded to the gunfire. Nine people were wounded, including five other officers.

Dear complained the state public defender's office wants to seal documents and limit discussion of his case to hide what he saw inside the clinic.

"I want the truth to come out. There is a lot more to this than me to go silently into the grave.  There's a lot of things they don't want to known. Planned Parenthood and my lawyer are in cahoots because they don't want the truth to come out," he said. 

"You'll never know what I saw in that clinic. Atrocities. The babies. That's what they want to seal."

He also said that his attorney, Daniel King, who also represented Aurora theater shooter James Holmes, "drugged" Holmes, and "he wants to do that to me."

"Do you know who this lawyer is? He's the lawyer for the Batman shooter," Dear said.

At first, Dear's rants sent a jolt through the courtroom.  But the judge pretty much let him carry on.  Dear’s public defenders seemed to be shaken by the outbursts, especially when he accused them of trying to drug him.

Finally, when Dear wouldn’t let the judge talk near the end of the hearing, a deputy sheriff touched him on the shoulder and whispered something to him.  After that, Dear was pretty quiet.

King questioned whether Dear was competent to stand trial.

"I think the problem is obvious judge," he said.

Dear will be back in court in two weeks for a status hearing. He can offer a plea in the case, and then the district attorney will have to decide whether to seek the death penalty.

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