The man accused of killing three people during a rampage at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado last year returned to court Tuesday for another hearing to determine if he is competent to stand trial. A judge is set to announce the decision on Wednesday afternoon.
This second hearing came nearly two weeks after a day-long hearing ended with no official determination about whether Robert Lewis Dear Jr. is mentally competent.
While a court-ordered psychiatric evaluation did find him to be incompetent and mental-health evaluators said during the earlier hearing that Dear suffers from delusions, a judge has to decide what happens next. A police detective said during the same hearing that Dear appeared lucid during his interviews and had said he did not want to claim insanity.
That earlier hearing about Dear’s competence, held on April 28, ended with it being declared in recess. More testimony about Dear’s state of mind occurred Tuesday, and a court spokesman said the judge will make his decision about competence on Wednesday.
Dear has also been accused of injuring nine people during a November shooting spree at the clinic in Colorado Springs. Police documents state that Dear told police that after the shooting, he anticipated going to heaven and being met and thanked “by all the aborted fetuses at the gates of heaven.”
Police also say that Dear unsuccessfully tried to set off an explosion during his rampage, which killed three people: Garrett Swasey, 44, of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs campus police; Ke’Arre Marcell Stewart, a 29-year-old Iraq War veteran and father of two; and Jennifer Markovsky, a 35-year-old mother of two who was at the clinic supporting a friend.
When he was taken into custody, Dear yelled out statements about killing babies and later told police he had brought eight guns and a “homemade ballistic vest” to the clinic, police said. They also said Dear recited Bible verses and called President Obama the “Antichrist.”
This story has been updated.