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Robert Lewis Dear: 'I'm a Warrior for the Babies,' Planned Parenthood Suspect Says

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Colorado Springs shooting suspect, Robert Lewis Dear appears before Judge Gilbert Martinez via video feed at the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center November 30, 2015 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. (Daniel Owen-Pool/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 10 Dec 2015 09:43 AM

Robert Lewis Dear, the suspect in the Colorado Planned Parenthood shooting that killed three people last month, should have a mental evaluation, his lawyer told a judge Wednesday as his client admitted, "I'm a warrior for the babies."

Dear, 57, is facing charges on 179 counts for the Nov. 27 attack that killed three and injured several others, The Colorado Springs Gazette reported. A hearing in El Paso County district court Wednesday, in which Dear was formally charged, was marked by the suspect's continued outbursts.

"I'm guilty," Dear said in court, according to The Gazette. "There's no trial. I'm a warrior for the babies."

Dan King, Dear's public defender, told the court that he wanted his client to undergo an evaluation for mental competency.

"I cannot accept that Mr. Dear is competent as he sits here today," King said.

University of Colorado, Colorado Springs police officer Garrett Swasey, Iraq war veteran Ke'Arre Stewart, and mother of two Jennifer Markovsky were the victims in the Planned Parenthood attack, The Denver Post reported.

Dear was eventually taken into custody after a five-hour-plus standoff with police.

On Wednesday, district judge Gilbert Martinez was issuing a gag order for law enforcement and the attorneys in the case when Dear had another outburst and accused his defense attorneys of hiding "the truth," according to The Post.

"The babies that were supposed to be aborted that day, could you add them to that list?" Dear said.

When attorneys and a sheriff's deputy tried to calm Dear, he shouted: "You'll never know what I saw in that clinic. The atrocities. That's what they want to seal. The babies."

King recently represented James Holmes, who killed 12 people and wounded dozens of others in the Aurora, Colorado, movie theater shooting in 2012. Prosecutors had asked for the death penalty in Holmes' case, but a jury gave him life in prison, according to The Gazette.

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Robert Lewis Dear, the suspect in the Colorado Planned Parenthood shooting that killed three people last month, should have a mental evaluation, his lawyer told a judge Wednesday as his client admitted, "I'm a warrior for the babies."
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