Judge Rules Planned Parenthood Shooting Suspect Is Not Fit to Stand Trial
Robert Dear's case will be reviewed again in August
Judge Gilbert A. Martinez made the decision that Dear is mentally incompetent after learning from state psychologists who tested Dear, that the man struggled with a variety of delusions, including that the government was following and spying on him, the New York Times reports.
According to CBS, Dear’s trial is now on hold and the 57-year-old will be held at a state-run mental hospital until with the intent of returning him to competency, a requirement for him to stand trial.
“That’s called prejudiced, filthy animal!” Dear reportedly yelled as he was escorted out of the court.
In November of last year, Dear allegedly shot and killed three people and injured nine others when he opened fire at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood. Following his arrest and indictment, Dear requested to represent himself throughout the criminal trial, at which point Judge Martinez reportedly ordered a mental evaluation.
The case is reportedly scheduled to be reviewed again on Aug. 11, as Colorado district attorney Dan May told the Times that it they must wait 90 days to check for competency again.