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‘I’m a warrior for the babies’: Alleged Colorado shooter says he is guilty

Posted December ten, 2015 11:49:28

The man accused of a deadly shooting spree at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado has declared himself guilty and a “warrior for the babies” during an outburst in court.

Robert Lewis Dear’s outburst took spot at the commence of his hearing in El Paso County court as prosecutors formally presented murder and other charges against him.

The 57-year-old has been held without bond because surrendering to police at the end of a five-hour siege on November 27 that authorities said started when he opened fire in front of the clinic, then stormed inside.

Dear allegedly killed 3 folks, including a police officer, and wounded nine other individuals.

He was not scheduled to formally enter a plea in the course of the day’s proceedings.

“I’m guilty, there is no trial. I am a warrior for the babies,” Dear blurted out in a loud voice whilst seated beside his lawyers in front of the judge.

Dear’s comments bolstered assertions by Planned Parenthood executives that the attack on the Colorado Springs clinic was motivated by anti-abortion sentiments.

A search warrant accompanying police affidavits filed in the case has been placed beneath court seal, and authorities have but to publicly disclose a motive for the shooting.

Several media outlets, citing law enforcement sources, have reported that Dear uttered the phrase “no far more infant components” in statements to investigators following his arrest.

Dear, who comes from South Carolina and when earned a living as a self-employed art salesman, appeared at Wednesday’s hearing in shackles.

At 1 point, for the duration of a discussion between the judge and lawyers about the sealing of documents in the case, Dear spoke out once more.

“Seal the truth, huh? Kill the babies, that’s what Planned Parenthood does,” Dear stated.

Addressing the judge, defence lawyer Dan King raised the concern of Dear’s mental competency to stand trial, saying, “I think the dilemma is obvious”.

The handcuffed suspected gunman at the Planned Parenthood clinic. Photo: The rampage blamed on Robert Lewis Dear is believed to have been the initial deadly attack on a US abortion provider in six years (Reuters: Rick Wilking)

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Subjects: courts-and-trials, law-crime-and-justice, abortion, terrorism, united-states

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Colorado shooter a loner, ‘weird’: US reports

Posted November 30, 2015 06:28:25

People who knew the suspected gunman in the Colorado Springs shooting described him as a loner who was “weird” but had provided couple of signs of violent behaviour, US media reports say.

Robert Lewis Dear, 57, is believed to have entered the Planned Parenthood clinic with a higher-powered rifle on Friday and fired on police and civilians outside the creating.

Dear allegedly shot and killed three individuals, including a police officer, and wounded 5 other people, Colorado officials stated.

The motive for the rampage is unclear.

When questioned following his arrest Dear mentioned “no a lot more child components” in reference to the abortions Planned Parenthood offers, NBC News reported, citing law enforcement officials.

In his rambling interview Dear also talked about president Barack Obama, generating it unclear no matter whether he targeted the clinic because of abortions.

Police have mentioned small about Dear, who is getting held without bail and will seem in court for an arraignment on Monday.

Planned Parenthood says gunman motivated by abortions

Planned Parenthood mentioned news reports that Dear had uttered “no more baby parts” in the course of his arrest showed that the suspect was motivated by an anti-abortion agenda.

The remark was an apparent reference to Planned Parenthood’s abortion activities and its function in delivering foetal tissue to healthcare researchers, a hot button concern in the 2016 race for the presidency.

External Link: Planned Parenthood tweet

“We now know the man accountable for the tragic shooting at PP’s health centre in Colorado was motivated by opposition to protected and legal abortion,” the organisation said on Twitter.

Conservatives have accused Planned Parenthood, a non-profit that gives a range of wellness solutions, including abortion, of illegally selling child components, an accusation it has strenuously denied.

Although calling the shooting “an extraordinary tragedy,” Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee dismissed speak that harsh anti-abortion rhetoric might have contributed to the attack.

“What he did is domestic terrorism,” the former Arkansas governor told CNN, referring to the gunman.

“There’s no excuse for killing other folks, whether or not it’s inside … Planned Parenthood clinics, exactly where many millions of babies die, or no matter whether it really is people attacking Planned Parenthood,” Mr Huckabee said.

Abortion opponents have fiercely criticised Planned Parenthood after officials of the organisation have been secretly recorded by an anti-abortion group discussing compensation for providing human tissue from aborted foetuses to researchers.

Critics say the footage is proof that Planned Parenthood illegally sells baby components, but the non-profit organisation denies the accusation, saying that a couple of affiliates have donated tissue for investigation and had been paid a modest fee to cover costs.

Planned Parenthood not too long ago announced it was discontinuing the practice to tamp down the controversy, but its critics say that is an admission of guilt.

The Center for Healthcare Progress, which developed the videos, could not be reached for comment on Sunday but issued a brief statement on its web site.

“The Center for Medical Progress condemns the barbaric killing spree in Colorado Springs by a violent madman,” it said.

The Colorado Springs attack led Governor John Hickenlooper to get in touch with for each sides of the debate over Planned Parenthood’s activities to “tone down the rhetoric.”

“I believe we ought to have a discussion at least urging caution when we talk about some of these issues, so we never get people to a point of going out and committing violence,” the Democratic governor told CNN, describing the rampage as “a type of terrorism.”

Shooter believed abortion was incorrect

US media described Dear as a troubled loner who over the years had a number of minor brushes with the law.

In 1997, Dear’s then wife, Pamela Ross, as soon as referred to as the police to accuse him of domestic violence, The New York Times reported.

Ms Ross mentioned that Dear could have flashes of anger, but normally he would later apologise.

Dear was politically conservative, religious, owned guns and believed that abortion was wrong – but he was not obsessed with any of these concerns, Ms Ross stated.

“It in no way, ever, ever, ever crossed my mind” that he would be capable of a mass shooting, Ross told The Instances. “My heart just fell to my stomach.”

Soon after their amicable divorce in 2000, Dear lived in a series of trailer residences and remote cabins, largely keeping to himself.

For a time he lived in a tiny shack outdoors the little town of Black Mountain, North Carolina.

“He was the type of individual you had to watch out for,” a neighbour told The Washington Post.

“He was a very weird individual. It’s challenging to clarify, but he had a weird appear in his eye most of the time.”

Dear also lived in South Carolina, exactly where police released reports of at least seven times that he argued or fought with neighbours, including a “peeping Tom” charge in 2002 that was dismissed.

In 2014 Dear moved west and bought a tiny plot of land in the tiny mountain town of Hartsel, just west of Colorado Springs, real estate agent Jim Anderson told The Post.

Police cordoned off the region and very carefully searched the broken down mobile home that he lived in with out water or electricity or even a sewer, regional media stated.

Mr Anderson, who brokered the plot sale, said he was shocked when he saw his former client identified as the shooter.

“He seemed okay to me,” Mr Anderson told The Post. “Just like anybody who wanted to get a piece of land in this one particular-horse town.”

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Topics: murder-and-manslaughter, law-crime-and-justice, crime, abortion, united-states

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‘No much more infant parts’: Reports suggest motive for abortion clinic shooter

Posted November 29, 2015 14:56:22

The man accused of opening fire at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado and killing three people said “no more baby parts” while he was being arrested, according to reports citing law enforcement sources.

Key points

  • Reports say man accused of shooting said “no more baby parts” as he was arrested
  • Anti-abortion activists had recorded officials discussing obtaining tissue from aborted foetuses
  • Suspect Robert Dear has history of run-ins with police

The utterance would appear to reference the controversy surrounding the organisation’s health services, which include abortion, and its role in delivering foetal tissue to medical researchers.

It could hint at a possible motive for the deadly shooting, though NBC reported that its sources said investigators still did not know what had motivated gunman Robert Lewis Dear, who surrendered to police after a five-hour siege at the clinic.

Authorities have not discussed a motive for the attack at the Colorado Springs clinic, which left a police officer and two civilians dead and nine people injured.

Shortly after the media reports, attorney-general Loretta E Lynch released a statement in which she condemned the shooting.

“This unconscionable attack was not only a crime against the Colorado Springs community, but a crime against women receiving healthcare services at Planned Parenthood, law enforcement seeking to protect and serve, and other innocent people,” she said.

Vicki Cowart, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountains, said the shooting was an “appalling act of violence targeting access to health care and terrorising skilled and dedicated health care professionals”.

“Eyewitnesses confirm that the man who will be charged with the tragic and senseless shooting… was motivated by opposition to safe and legal abortion,” she said.

Dear, 57, was taken into custody at the Planned Parenthood clinic and jailed ahead of a court appearance scheduled for Monday (local time).

It was not clear if Dear, a South Carolina native who appeared to have moved to Colorado last year, had retained an attorney.

The shooting was believed to be the first fatal attack at an abortion provider in the United States in six years, although it was not known if it was related to the clinic’s abortion services.

Police said a total of 24 people who had at one point been in a hostage situation were evacuated unharmed from the Planned Parenthood building, while some 300 people hunkered down in surrounding businesses.

US president Barack Obama said the suspect was armed with an assault weapon and had held hostages at the Planned Parenthood centre, from which he opened fire at people outside.

“This is not normal. We can’t let it become normal,” a clearly frustrated Mr Obama said in a statement.

“If we truly care about this – if we’re going to offer up our thoughts and prayers again, for God knows how many times, with a truly clean conscience – then we have to do something about the easy accessibility of weapons of war on our streets to people who have no business wielding them.”

Planned Parenthood ‘discussed obtaining tissue from foetuses’

Colorado Springs police secure scene of shooting Photo: The gunman shot dead three people, including a police officer, and wounded nine others. (AFP: Justin Edmonds)

The Colorado Springs centre has been repeatedly targeted for protests by anti-abortion activists.

Planned Parenthood came under fire this year after officials of the organisation were secretly recorded by an anti-abortion group discussing how to obtain human tissue from aborted foetuses.

The videos have triggered protests over the national non-profit organisation’s role in such activities and have become an issue in the 2016 presidential election race as conservatives in Congress seek to cut off Planned Parenthood’s federal funding.

Planned Parenthood has strongly denied doing anything illegal or unethical.

At least eight workers at clinics providing abortions have been killed since 1977, according to the National Abortion Federation, most recently in 2009 when doctor George Tiller was shot to death at church in Wichita, Kansas.

Gunman had history of run-ins with police

Except for his name and age, police have only said that Dear recently resided in rural Hartsel, Colorado, about 95 kilometres west of Colorado Springs.

Official records showed that he has a history of brushes with the law.

Dear lived in a trailer parked 45 metres off the highway, sharing it with a woman who may have been his wife though she rarely left the property, according to Zigmond Post Jr, who lives about a quarter of a mile away.

Mr Post told Reuters that he first met Dear when a pair of dogs escaped from his property and Dear locked them in his yard.

Dear was friendly when Mr Post arrived to retrieve the dogs but took the opportunity to complain about US president Barack Obama.

The handcuffed suspected gunman at the Planned Parenthood clinic. Photo: Robert Dear has a history of run-ins with police. (Reuters: Rick Wilking)

Mr Post said he believed the woman was still living in Dear’s trailer on Saturday morning when police, SWAT teams and firefighters arrived to search it.

He said he heard a single gunshot from inside before they entered.

Court records did not show any criminal convictions for Dear in South Carolina, but law enforcement officers were called on several occasions after complaints about him.

According to the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office, Dear’s wife accused him of assaulting her at their home in 1997, but she declined to file charges against him.

In 2002 he was accused of shooting a neighbour’s dog with a pellet gun, and that same year he was arrested after being accused of hiding in the bushes at a neighbour’s house and leering at her.

Court records showed he was charged with peeping to invade someone’s privacy, but the charge was dismissed by a judge and a restraining order was issued against him.

The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office also said that Dear had been arrested for animal cruelty in 2003. No court record was available online for that case.

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