PP shooting: Hearing on gunman's mental health

Posted at 4:56 AM, Feb 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-24 07:05:49-05

Attorneys for a man who acknowledges killing three people at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic will return to court to discuss his mental competency exam.

The Wednesday hearing will likely focus whether the evaluation of 57-year-old Robert Dear has been completed.

A judge ordered the exam after Dear announced that he wanted to fire his public defenders and represent himself. The exam will show whether he is mentally capable of making that decision.

Prosecutors charged Dear with 179 counts of crimes including murder, attempted murder and assault for the Nov. 27 shooting.

Dear is accused of killing University of Colorado-Colorado Springs officer Garrett Swasey and two other people at the clinic.

One of the civilian victims was identified as Jennifer Markovsky, 36. Family members said Markovsky had accompanied a friend to the clinic.

The other victim was identified as Ke'Arre Stewart, an Army veteran who served in Iraq and the father of two children.

Nine other people were hospitalized after the attack, including five officers.

All 15 clinic employees survived.

During courtroom outbursts, he declared himself a "warrior for the babies" and said he was guilty. Defense attorneys raised doubts about his competency.

Prosecutors say his outbursts show an understanding of the case against him.