Planned Parenthood suspect: 'I am warrior for the babies'

2015-12-10 09:47
Robert Lewis Dear. (File, AP)

Robert Lewis Dear. (File, AP)

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Colorado Springs - The man accused of killing 3 people and wounding 9 others at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado stunned a courtroom on Wednesday by declaring he is a "warrior for the babies" and won't go to trial.

Robert Lewis Dear, aged 57, made the outburst before he was formally charged with first-degree murder and other counts in a Colorado Springs courtroom.

Police have declined to discuss a potential motive in the November 27 attack, but there had been mounting evidence to suggest Dear was deeply concerned about abortion.

He rambled to authorities about "no more baby parts" after his arrest. And a law enforcement official said this week that the gunman asked at least one person in a nearby shopping center for directions to the clinic before opening fire.

The official was not authorised to publicly discuss the investigation and spoke this week to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Dear has lived in remote locations without electricity or water and was known to hold survivalist ideas.

One of his three ex-wives, Barbara Mescher Micheau of South Carolina said he vandalized a South Carolina abortion clinic at least 20 years earlier, announcing to her that he had put glue in the locks of its doors, a common protest technique among activists trying to shut down abortion clinics.

A first-degree murder conviction can lead to life in prison or the death penalty.

Killed in the attack were Garrett Swasey, aged 44, a University of Colorado-Colorado Springs officer who rushed to the scene; Ke'Arre Stewart, aged 29, an Iraq war veteran who was accompanying someone at the clinic; and Jennifer Markovsky, aged 35, who also accompanied a friend at the clinic.

Five other officers were shot and wounded in the rampage.

Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers said on Monday that responding officers rescued 24 people from inside the clinic building and helped remove 300 people from surrounding businesses where they had been hiding while the shooting unfolded.

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