Planned Parenthood Shooting: Competency Hearing Resumes Tuesday

· May 10, 2016, 12:01 pm
Photo: Robert Dear In Court (AP/FileDec. 9, 2015)AP
An El Paso County Deputy asks Robert Lewis Dear to keep quite after an outburst during a court appearance on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, in Colorado Springs.

The outstanding issue is a big one: Is Dear mentally fit to stand trial? In April, state doctors said he was not, because he has a serious delusional disorder. 

Dear says that the FBI has been intensely keeping tabs on him and that agents broke into his home and cut holes in his clothes, among other things.  And Dear has repeatedly interrupted court with paranoid rants. 

But district attorney Dan May contends that Dear is fit to stand trial.  In his cross-examination of witnesses he’s highlighted Dear’s calm demeanor and understanding of the charges against him.

Dear has been charged with 179 counts, including first-degree murder.  If he’s found incompetent, he’ll be sent to a state hospital.  If he responds to treatment he could face trial. 

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