Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic shooting suspect ruled incompetent

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FILE – In this Dec. 9, 2015 file photo, Robert Lewis Dear talks to Judge Gilbert Martinez during a court appearance in Colorado Springs, Colo.

COLORADO SPRINGS |  A man accused of killing three people at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado in 2015 was once again deemed incompetent to stand trial in state court on Thursday.

No new information about Robert Dear had been received from the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo in time for the periodic hearing to review his status so a judge ruled that Dear was still considered incompetent. District Attorney Dan May said prosecutors have been trying to contact the hospital for an updated report but have not heard back, Denver’s KMGH-TV reported.

The decision came as federal prosecutors seek their own mental evaluation of Dear, who was indicted by a federal grand jury last month in the Nov. 27, 2015, attack on the clinic in Colorado Springs.

The lawyers representing Dear in federal court have asked for more time to respond to prosecutors’ request for an evaluation. In a Jan. 3 filing, they objected to the government trying to evaluate someone who has already been deemed incompetent in state court and implied that the government was competency “shopping” because it did not like the results of previous evaluations. According to the filing, 15 examinations by five different examiners all found that Dear had delusional disorder.

Dear was first found legally incompetent in May 2016 but has insisted that he is competent.