Admitted Planned Parenthood shooter remains incompetent to stand trial

Robert Dear in court. / FOX21 News file photo
Robert Dear in court on March 24, 2016. / FOX21 News file photo

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. —  Admitted Planned Parenthood shooter Robert Dear appeared in court for his fifth time Thursday and was once again found incompetent to stand trial.

Right now, Dear is staying at the Colorado State Mental Health Institute in Pueblo, where he is apparently being forcibly medicated as ordered by a Pueblo court.

The prosecution is pushing to have one of its experts evaluate Dear, but the judge said that won’t happen unless the institute changes its mind and deems Dear competent.

“The whole purpose is to see if they can restore him to competency. They do competency classes, and we put on the record today, he’s actually helping to teach those classes right now,” said District Attorney Dan May.

Dear will be back in court in 90 days, on November 21, for another competency hearing.

Chief Judge William Bain has taken over the case, after Judge Gilbert Martinez retired.

Dear faces 179 counts after he was arrested during a five-hour standoff on November 27, 2015. The shooting killed Ke’arre Stewart, Jennifer Markovsky, and Officer Garrett Swasey, and injured nine others.

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