After reviewing the evaluations of two state psychologists, Fourth Judicial District Chief Judge Gilbert Martinez has ruled that Robert Lewis Dear Jr., charged with shooting and killing three people at a Planned Parenthood clinic, is not mentally stable enough to stand trial. He will instead be placed in the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo.
The judge agreed with the conclusion of the psychologists that Dear was clinically delusional and unable to fully grasp the reality of his situation. His disillusions included, but were not limited to, the federal government had been following him around for years, the FBI cuts holes in his clothes and leaves feathers in his house, President Obama will reveal himself to be the anti Christ, and Robin Williams died two weeks after telling a joke about Obama.
The institute will attempt to bring Dear to a level of mental competency where he can stand trial. There is no time frame for this process, and Dear himself does not seem to realize that he is mentally ill. It seldom happens, but if he is never brought to full competency, it is possible he will be detained in the psychiatric facility indefinitely. Doctors are required to make a report to the judge every 90 days on Dear’s condition.
“Now we wait 90 days,” Dan May, the district attorney of Colorado’s Fourth Judicial District, said at a news conference outside the courthouse. “It is what it is.”
The 57-year-old is accused of opening fire in the parking lot of a Planned Parenthood clinic before entering with multiple guns. By the time his rampage was over, three people were dead and nine others were transported to the hospital. Should he ultimately be brought to trial he will face 157 counts.