Alleged Shooter at Planned Parenthood Clinic Faces 179 Charges

Dec 9, 2015

Robert Lewis Dear appeared in court on Wednesday, December 9, 2015. Dear faces 179 charges, including multiple charges of 1st degree murder.
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The accused gunman in last month's shootings at a Planned Parenthood clinic is facing more than 150 separate charges, including multiple counts of first-degree murder. 

57-year-old Robert Dear had a number of outbursts during Wednesday's court appearance, calling himself a "warrior for the babies," and saying he doesn't want a psychological evaluation.

After the proceedings, District Attorney Dan May said he would not comment on the defendant's behavior.  May also said he has time to decide whether or not to seek the death penalty.

"Once he is arraigned, we have 9 weeks, or 63 days to file a written motion with the court stating whether we will be seeking the death penalty," said May.  "If we will not, then the maximum charges, actually the only sentence in Colorado for 1st degree murder is a life sentence without the possibility of parole."

The next court proceeding is scheduled for December 23rd. The arraignment will likely come sometime after that.

Dear is accused of killing three and wounding more in an hours-long standoff at the clinic. 

The Colorado Springs Police Department says the law enforcement officers injured in the incident have all been released from the hospital.