‘I’m a warrior for the babies’ Planned Parenthood suspect declares in court

10 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Accused Planned Parenthood gunman says he’s guilty.

The accused Colorado Planned Parenthood shooter yelled, “I am a warrior for the babies” during an outburst as charges against him were read in court.In a bizarre court hearing on Wednesday, Robert Lewis Dear left little doubt as to whether or not his alleged murder of three people at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood killing late last month was connected to abortion. Despite a constitutional right to remain silent, the accused mass shooter couldn’t keep his mouth shut during a court appearance — ranting and raving about the “atrocities” of abortion. CNN reported that Dear loudly proclaimed himself “guilty” and had nearly 20 other outbursts in the courtroom as he was charged with 179 felony charges, including eight options of first-degree murder and 131 counts of attempted first-degree murder.

— The man accused of killing three people and wounding nine others at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado stunned a courtroom Wednesday by declaring he is a ‘‘warrior for the babies’’ and won’t go to trial. Bearded, unkempt and cuffed at the wrists and ankles, Dear repeatedly disrupted the hour-long hearing, interrupting his public defender, Daniel King, and objecting to King’s attempts to limit publicity in the case.

King — who represented Colorado theater shooter James Holmes — has asked the judge to impose a gag order on participants in the Planned Parenthood case before a trial. Can you add that to the list?” He is represented by a court-appointed lawyer Daniel King, a public defender, who was also one of the lawyers for James Holmes, the mass shooter who killed 12 people at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater in 2012. “Do you know who this lawyer is?” Dear yelled in court about King. “He’s the lawyer for the Batman shooter. Planned Parenthood and my lawyer are in cahoots to shut me up.” The victims Dear is now charged with killing are University of Colorado—Colorado Springs officer Garrett Swasey, and two civilians, Ke’Arre Stewart and Jennifer Markovsky. And he wants to do that to me.’’ Colorado Springs police have declined to discuss a potential motive in the Nov. 27 attack, but mounting evidence indicated Dear was deeply concerned about abortion. Although law enforcement sources told NBC News shortly after the shooting that Dear said, “No more baby parts” when he was taken in for questioning—an apparent allusion to the Center for Medical Progress’s unproven allegation that Planned Parenthood profited illegally from fetal tissue donation—none of Dear’s reported outbursts on Wednesday made explicit reference to the undercover videos released by the anti-abortion organization this summer.

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. If convicted, Dear could be executed, with District Attorney Dan May saying that a decision will be made about what sentence to seek within two months of Dear’s arraignment. One of his three ex-wives, Barbara Mescher Micheau of Moncks Corner, S.C., 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. In a statement, Colorado-based Planned Parent officials called the attack a “horrific tragedy.” Said Vicki Cowart, CEO and President of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains: “We know that words matter.

Dear, who moved to the small town of Hartsel, Colorado last year with a woman named Stephanie Bragg, has a long history of alleged violence against women. Mayor John Suthers of Colorado Springs said 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. Enough is enough — this violence, whether inflicted with words or with weapons, cannot become our normal.” Abortion-rights groups say the publication of a series of videos purporting to show clinic workers across the country offering to sell fetal tissue have led to a surge in violence against abortion clinics. Planned Parenthood says women undergoing abortions are given the opportunity to donate tissue for research purposes, and that the videos were deceptively edited.

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