Planned Parenthood Shooting Suspect Wants to Represent Himself at Trial
A judge ordered Robert Lewis Dear to undergo psychiatric testing on Wednesday
The 57-year-old man being held for last month’s deadly shooting rampage inside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs told a Colorado judge on Wednesday he wants to represent himself during his upcoming court appearances and criminal trial.
Rob McCallum, a Colorado Judicial Department spokesman, confirms to PEOPLE that Robert Lewis Dear was ordered Wednesday to undergo a psychiatric evaluation to determine whether he’s fit to act as his own attorney.
Dear, who is charged with murder, attempted murder, and assault, allegedly killed three people and wounded another nine during a Nov. 27 shooting spree and 5-hour police standoff.
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Dear remains in custody without bail. He has yet to enter a plea to the 179 felony counts that have been filed against him.
A police officer and Army veteran were among those killed in the siege.
It is not yet known when Dear will undergo the court-order analysis, but the defendant did say Wednesday he does not intend to cooperate with the examination.
The judge overseeing his case has set the next status hearing for Feb. 24.