Planned Parenthood shooting suspect pleads guilty

Man accused of killing three people in shooting at Planned Parenthood facility last month pleads guilty in court

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Robert Lewis Dear, 57, accused of shooting three people to death and wounding nine others at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado last month, attends his hearing to face 179 counts of various criminal charges at a court in Colorado Springs

Robert Lewis Dear, the man accused of killing three people in a shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs last month, pleaded guilty in a court appearance for his trial on Wednesday.

“I'm guilty, there's no trial. I'm a warrior for the babies,” Dear blasted shortly after he entered the courtroom.

He has been jailed without bond since Nov. 27, when he surrendered to police after storming the Planned Parenthood clinic and killing a police officer and two civilians.

Prosecutors charged Dear with three counts of first-degree murder, as well as multiple counts of attempted murder and assault among a total of 179 counts of criminal charges.

Although police did not provide a motive for the shooting, Planned Parenthood executives claim it was anti-abortion sentiments.

The institution provides abortions among other services for women’s health and family planning.

“Kill the babies, that's what Planned Parenthood does,” Dear said during his court appearance.

Abortion providers has been target of deadly attacks in the US in the past, but this is the first incident since 2009 a deadly attack has been recorded.

Defence lawyers claimed Dear was not mentally competent to stand trial and the judge set Dec. 23 for the next hearing and said the issue will be discussed then.

Planned Parenthood became a focus of national controversy earlier this year, after anti-abortion activists circulated videos alleging to show institutions executives speak out about the sale of aborted tissues.

While denying the allegations, Planned Parenthood says that the videos are distorted and the institution only donates aborted fetal tissues for scientific research.

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