COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) – The man who has confessed to opening fire at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs asked to speak in court again on Wednesday at what was supposed to be his mental competency hearing.
Robert Lewis Dear is charged in the deaths of three people and wounding nine more in the shootings last November. When he asked to speak in court again, this time the judge said he couldn’t.
The state hospital report on whether Dear is fit to stand trial won’t be finished until next month so the hearing was delayed until March 23.
Victims and their families were on hand for Wednesday court hearing. Dear sat silently until the proceedings were about over.
“I’d like to say something your honor,” Dear said.
The judge told him he may not. Then, as he was leaving, Dear turned to the media and said, “Come see me. I have secret case files … I’ll tell you about it. Get an exclusive.”
Last month by phone Dear called CBS4’s Rick Sallinger. He said his problems began while watching the Branch Davidian siege in Texas.
“It started 22 years ago in Waco … I’m a Christian and so when they burned up those Christians and 17 little kids and everything else I was pretty upset about it and I called the radio station.”
Dear claimed he’s been stalked by the FBI ever since then and he decided to make his last stand at Planned Parenthood to save babies.
Dear told Sallinger he is sane and wants to plead guilty, but that will be revealed in the state hospital’s report.
“At that point either side can request that their doctor examine the defendant to also determine competency,” El Paso District Attorney Dan May said. “Either side can contest the findings of the state hospital if they want.”
The definition of competency is whether the defendant is able to understand the charges against him and assist in his own defense.