COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo — The man accused of killing three people at Planned Parenthood on Black Friday was in court Wednesday facing 179 charges.
Robert Lewis Dear is charged with eight counts of first degree murder. The multiple counts are there to include different types of first degree murder.
While he did not submit a plea, he had several outbursts in the courtroom.
I’m guilty. No trial. I’m a warrior for the babies,” Dear said.
That’s just one of many eyebrow raising remarks by Dear in court. He also verbally attacked his attorney Dan King.
“There’s a lot of things that they don’t want to be known. Planned Parenthood and my lawyer are in cahoots to shut me up. They don’t want the truth out,” Dear said.
He also said that King isn’t his lawyer and that he won’t see him again. All of that, and his actions previously, had his defense questioning his mental health.
“We have serious concerns about competency in this case and we are engaging in an investigation to the issues surrounding competency,” Dan King said.
“This is unheard of that the prosecution is trying to help get the truth out and you’re trying to silence the truth. You’re trying to make me…” Dear trailed off as he was quieted by a bailiff.
“I think the problem is obvious, judge,” said King.
Dear said he wants the legal process to go as fast as possible.
“I’m not going to agree to their mental health evaluations where they want to take me and put me under psychotropic drugs, so that I can’t talk like the batman guy,” he said.
Despite Dear’s efforts to speed things up, the judge ruled against him, which allowed the defense team to investigate his mental health.
He’ll be back in court on December 23 for a status hearing covering his competency to stand trial.