Court appearance set for suspect in Colorado clinic shooting as speculation

The man accused of attacking a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs made his first court appearance on Monday.


Dear, who appeared to have moved to a remote community in Colorado previous year, has been jailed ahead of a court appearance scheduled for Monday.

Dear is set to appear in court today and is expected to face murder charges, although other charges, including that of a hate crime, are possible.

Robert Lewis Dear is accused of killing a policeman, an Iraq war veteran and a mother, who were escorting friends to the Planned Parenthood clinic.

The shooting resulted in an hours-long standoff and shootout.

Dear has been described by acquaintances as a reclusive loner who didn’t seem to have strong political or social opinions.

NBC News, citing two law enforcement officials, reported that Dear mentioned “no more baby parts” when questioned.

“I believe that’s his military instinct, you know: Leave no soldier behind, leave no civilian behind, just leave no one behind”, an emotional Chandler said.

El Paso County Coroner’s Office has said the shooting victims – 35-year-old Jennifer Markovsky, Ke’Arre Marcell Stewart, 29, and Garrett Swasey, 44 – each died from a gunshot wound.

Officials with the US Justice Department have joined the investigation by state and local authorities, raising the possibility the federal government could bring a terrorism or civil rights charge against Dear, or both. She said, “We are already secure, we are very safe”. But they became close friends just a few months ago, when they ran into each other in Colorado Springs. Suthers said it’s unclear whether the shooting was meant to send an ideological message.

Clegg couldn’t disclose details, but says the health clinics do have plans in place if an attack should occur, a big reason so many escaped injury in Colorado on Friday. The organization has denied for contributing the organs to research workers seeking any payments beyond lawfully permitted reimbursement of the costs.


Robert Lewis Dear was arrested in May 2002 when the woman said he looked into her home and put her in fear for her life. “They knew there could be these types of consequences, and yet they ratcheted up the rhetoric and ratcheted it up and ratcheted it up”, Vicki Saporta, president of the National Abortion Federation, a professional association for abortion providers, told the Washington Post.

An officer stands guard near a Planned Parenthood clinic Friday Nov. 27 2015 in Colorado Springs Colo. A gunman opened fire at the clinic on Friday authorities said wounding multiple people