The Planned Parenthood Clinic in Colorado Springs was attacked on November 27, 2015. The suspect was Robert Lewis Dear. His encounter with the police lasted for five hours during which five police officers and four civilians were injured. The whole episode ended after an armoured vehicle of police SWAT personnel crashed into the lobby of the building and Robert Dear surrendered.
Dear appeared in court on December 9, 2015. During the proceeding, Dear kept interrupting saying that he was guilty and stating his views on abortion and planned parenthood. He calls himself a ‘warrior of the babies’. He made a second appearance in court on December 23rd and stated that he would like to appear as his own attorney. As a result, 4th Judicial District Judge Gilbert Martinez ordered a test to determine whether he was mentally fit to do so. This has brought about some strong opposition from anti-abortionists and abortion rights activists.
Judge Martinez finally ruled that Dear was mentally incapable of standing trial based on a number of statements he had made about his delusions to the detective who interviewed him after his arrest and the psychologists who assessed his mental condition. This prompted an angry Dear to call the Judge “prejudiced” and a “filthy animal” as he was led out of the courtroom. The Judge’s decision has placed the trial on hold as attempts are being made at the Colorado Mental Health Institute to find Dear competent enough to stand trial.
Robert Dear has been charged with 179 counts of felony including murder and attempted murder for his involvement in the Planned Parenthood shootings. The prosecution has not yet revealed if they will pursue a death penalty.