Accused Colorado abortion clinic gunman can be forcibly medicated

From Reuters - January 4, 2018

DENVER (Reuters) - A man accused of fatally shooting three people at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic in 2015, who was deemed mentally unfit to stand trial, can be forcibly medicated in an effort to restore him to competency, an appeals court ruled on Thursday.

The Colorado Court of Appeals upheld a lower courts ruling that the state can administer anti-psychotic drugs to Robert Lewis Dear, 59, over his lawyers objections.

Dears attorneys could not be reached for comment on whether they will appeal to the state supreme court. They previously have declined to make any statements about the case outside of court.

Dear was charged with multiple counts of murder and dozens of additional crimes stemming from the rampage at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs in November 2015.

The shooting left three dead, including a police officer from a nearby college who responded to the scene. Dear surrendered after a three-hour standoff with police.

In earlier courtroom outbursts, Dear said he was guilty and proclaimed himself a warrior for the babies, prompting Judge Gilbert Martinez, of Colorados El Paso County Court, to order a mental evaluation.

Two state-appointed psychologists testified that Dear, a South Carolina native, suffers from a psychotic delusional disorder.

Martinez deemed Dear incompetent to stand trial. He has been held at the state mental hospital in Pueblo, where he has refused medications, court documents showed.


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