Dear has been undergoing treatment at the state mental hospital since Martinez deemed him incompetent in May.
Dear told people in phone calls from jail that he believes his attorneys’ attempt to have him declared incompetent is part of a plot to diminish his message opposing abortion. He claims they want him committed to a psychiatric hospital so they can “silence him forever.”
Most Colorado lawmakers in both parties would prefer to stop bickering over abortion rights. But with the state so divided politically, the Legislature this term will often turn into a proxy fight for votes based on abortion and reproductive rights.
During a court appearance, Dear declared himself a “warrior for the babies” and said he was guilty. A judge ordered him to undergo a mental competency exam after he said he wanted to fire his public defender and represent himself.
Prosecutors have yet to decide whether to seek the death penalty against Dear. Much of his legal team — from lead attorney Daniel King to his paralegals — also represented James Holmes.
After Judge Gilbert Martinez advised Dear to trust his lawyer, Dear replied, “How can I trust my attorney when he says I’m incompetent in the newspaper?”
Authorities have released few details about the case. Zansberg says courts have unsealed records in other high-profile mass shootings.
A man accused of killing three people at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic is set to learn the charges he will face in the attack.
Ke’Arre (kee-AIR’) Stewart was being laid to rest Monday in Waco. A service was scheduled at Carver Park Baptist Church, followed by internment at Oakwood Cemetery.
COLORADO SPRINGS | A campus police officer killed in the Planned Parenthood shooting was honored Friday for volunteering to rush to the clinic as shots rang out, an act those who knew him say was driven by his sense of purpose and faith. Gov. John Hickenlooper told hundreds of people packed into the service at New […]