Planned Parenthood Shooting Suspect: 'I am a Warrior for the Babies'

Prosecutors brought 179 charges against Robert Dear on Wednesday
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 9, 2015 5:10 PM CST
Robert Lewis Dear during a court appearance on Wednesday in Colorado Springs, Colorado.   (Andy Cross/The Denver Post via AP, Pool)

(Newser) – “I am guilty—there will be no trial," Robert Dear said during a court hearing Wednesday. "I am a warrior for the babies." The statement was one of a number of "outbursts" made by the accused Colorado Planned Parenthood shooter as prosecutors brought 179 charges against him, CBS Denver reports. Dear also stated: “You’ll never know the amount of blood I saw in that place.” And 9News notes he repeated the phrase "protect the babies" multiple times during the hearing. According to the AP, that phrase is similar to "no more baby parts," which Dear repeated during his arrest.

The 57-year-old Dear is accused of killing three people and wounding many more on Nov. 27 during an attack on a Planned Parenthood location in Colorado Springs, the AP reports. According to CBS, the scores of charges brought against Dear Wednesday include murder. During the hearing, Dear refused a mental health evaluation and said he didn't want to meet again with his lawyer—Daniel King—who he accused of trying to "drug him all up" like the "Batman shooter," 9News reports. "I think the problem is obvious, judge," responded King, who previously represented the Aurora theater shooter. Dear's next court date is scheduled for Dec. 23. It is unclear if prosecutors will seek the death penalty. (Read more Robert Lewis Dear stories.)

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