Competency ruling expected in Planned Parenthood shooting

A Colorado judge is expected to announce Wednesday, May 11, 2016, whether admitted Planned Parenthood shooter Robert Dear is competent to stand trial. Dear faces 179 counts, including murder, attempted murder and assault, stemming from the Nov. 27, 2015 shootings in Colorado Springs that left three dead and nine injured. (KXRM file)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A judge is expected to rule Wednesday on whether a man who acknowledged killing three people at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic is mentally competent to continue with his criminal case.

Judge Gilbert Martinez heard more testimony Tuesday from a psychologist who examined 57-year-old Robert Dear.

Dear is charged with murder, attempted murder and other counts in the Nov. 27 shootings at the Colorado Springs clinic. Nine people were injured.

In court, he has declared himself a “warrior for the babies” and said he was guilty.

Last month, psychologists testified that Dear isn’t mentally capable of understanding the court proceedings or helping his own lawyers.

If the judge agrees, Dear’s case would be put on hold while he undergoes treatment at a psychiatric hospital intended to restore his mental competency.

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