March 4, 2021 20:34

Feds Decline Death Penalty For CO Clinic Killer

The man accused of shooting and killing three people in 2015 at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs will not face the death penalty, the U.S. Department of Justice ruled Wednesday, reports ABC 7 in Denver. Jeff Dorschner of the U.S. Attorney’s office said the U.S. Department of Justice ruled out the death penalty for Robert Lewis Dear, 62, on Wednesday. Dear hasn’t been found competent to stand trial.  Dear is accused of killing University of Colorado Colorado Springs police officer Garrett Swasey, 44, Jennifer Markovsky, 36, and Ke’Arre Stewart, a 29-year-old Army veteran on Nov. 27, 2015. Nine others were injured.

Dear allegedly shot several people in the parking lot, forced his way inside the clinic, and attacked more people inside before barricading himself. After a five-hour standoff in which he allegedly fired nearly 200 rounds, including at propane tanks, Dear was taken into custody. He was charged with 179 counts, including murder and attempted murder. In a December 2015 hearing, he claimed to be “a warrior for the babies” and admitted guilt, saying there was no need for a trial. On Dec. 9, 2019, he was indicted by a federal grand jury on 68 counts: 65 counts of violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE Act) and three counts of use of a firearm during a murder.

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