Planned Parenthood Shooting Suspect Robert Dear Says He’s ‘Warrior for the Babies’

10 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Planned Parenthood shooter calls himself “warrior for babies” after Ted Cruz questioned anti-abortion link.

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. 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. Bearded, unkempt and cuffed at the wrists and ankles, Dear repeatedly disrupted the hourlong 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. “You’ll never know what I saw in that clinic. 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.

Although he was quick to denounce the violence, he went out of his way to rebuke anyone who asserted that Dear’s actions were motivated by rhetoric from abortion opponents, or even by opposition to abortion. “There has been some vicious rhetoric on the left blaming those who are pro-life,” Cruz told reporters in Iowa. “The media promptly wants to blame him on the pro-life movement when, at this point, there’s very little evidence to indicate that.” “It’s also been reported that he was registered as an independent and a woman and a transgendered leftist activist,” he added, referring to unverified speculation online. At the end of Wednesday’s hearing, the judge took a good look at Dear and said, “Are you finished?” And one of Dear’s three ex-wives, Barbara Mescher Micheau of Moncks Corner, S.C., claimed that the madman once vandalized a Planned Parenthood clinic in South Carolina some two decades ago. “We continue to provide high-quality, compassionate health care in a safe, supportive environment,” she wrote. “Every day since this terrible tragedy, Planned Parenthood’s doors have been open across Colorado, across our Rocky Mountain region, and across this country. And a law enforcement official told The Associated Press this week that Dear asked at least one person in a nearby shopping center for directions to the clinic before opening fire. Killed in the attack were Garrett Swasey, 44, a University of Colorado-Colorado Springs officer who rushed to the scene; Ke’Arre Stewart, 29, an Iraq war veteran who was accompanying someone at the clinic; and Jennifer Markovsky, 35, who also accompanied a friend at the clinic.

Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers 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.

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