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Robert Dear once again deemed incompetent to stand trial, next hearing in January

Robert Dear ruled incompetent to stand trial
Posted at 10:55 AM, Nov 04, 2019

COLORADO SPRINGS — The confessed gunman in the November 2015 Planned Parenthood shooting was once again ruled incompetent to stand trial during a hearing Monday morning. His next review is scheduled for January, as part of the protocol to review his mental state every 90 days.

In fall 2018, the court heard from two psychologists who testified Dear has a delusion disorder. They said it keeps him from trusting almost anyone. An court has ruled that staff can administer antipsychotic medicine to Dear. The court ruled that “the forced administration of antipsychotic medications to Dear is not an unconstitutional deprivation of his liberty.”

The court’s ruling upheld a district court’s decision which said the medications that Dear had refused were “medically appropriate” and involuntary medication was “necessary to further the government interests.”

The Colorado Supreme Court has refused to hear the case.