Barbara Mescher Michaux told NBC News that her ex-husband Robert Dear, 57, once put glue in the locks of a Planned Parenthood clinic near where they lived at the time.
She told New York Times the same thing, saying, “[Dear] was very proud of himself that he’d gone over and jammed up their locks with glue so that they couldn’t get in.”
Dear allegedly surrendered to police after a five-hour-long active shooting at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado, that left three dead and nine injured.
He appeared in court on Monday where a judge read a first-degree murder charge against him, the Times reports. The 57-year-old could face the death penalty.
Police have not publicly discussed a motive for the shooting, but Michaux, 60, who was married to Dear from 1985 to 1994, told NBC that she is sure that Dear specifically targeted the clinic.
“For him to plan this and go there, he meant to go there,” she said. “There is no doubt in my mind.”
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She described Dear as a violent, unpredictable man who beat her on one occasion.
“He would spin on a dime from being okay to being furious,” she told NBC. “He was abusive – very abusive emotionally, abusive physically. You never knew. It was always nerve-racking because you never knew what he was going to be like.”
Michaux told the Times that Dear “claims to be a Christian but does not follow the Bible in his actions.”
Authorities have said that Dear spoke of “baby parts” after his surrender.
One person who knew Dear told the Times that the 57-year-old commended those who attacked abortion providers, saying that they were doing “God’s work.”
The person added that Dear once described members of the Army of God – an extremist anti-abortion group that has claimed responsibility for several killings – as “heroes.”
Michaux told NBC that Dear “used to be a very smart man,” but that he changed at a certain point.
“I wouldn’t have married him if I had known he was the way he was,” she said.