COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A defense attorney for a man who acknowledges killing three people at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic asked a judge Thursday to commit his client to a psychiatric hospital for treatment but did not reveal whether a mental health exam found him competent to continue with his criminal case.
Judge Gilbert Martinez made no ruling on Robert Dear’s mental competency and instead set an April hearing on the issue at prosecutors’ request. The doctor who conducted Dear’s evaluation could be called to testify.
Dear, 57, is charged with 179 counts stemming from the Nov. 27 shooting at the Colorado Springs clinic, where he held police at bay for more than five hours, injuring nine others and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of people from surrounding businesses.
The dead included a police officer from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, and two people who were accompanying friends to the clinic separately.