Robert Lewis Dear, the domestic terrorist who killed three people and injured nine (five of which were police officers) at a Colorado Planned Parenthood on November 27, appeared in court today.
According to CBS4 Reporter Rick Sallinger, the shooter yelled “I am guilty there will be no trial. I am a warrior for the babies.”
Accused Planned Parenthood shooter: "I am guilty there will be no trial. I am a warrior for the babies" outbursts in court.
— Rick Sallinger (@ricksallinger) December 9, 2015
CBS Denver also reported that he said shortly after the outburst, “You’ll never know the amount of blood I saw in that place.”
It is reported that there were multiple outbursts from the accused murderer several times during Wednesday’s hearing where Dear was charged with 179 counts including first-degree murder, attempted murder, and assault.
He also said in court, “I know what I saw in that clinic, atrocities.”
Since the Black Friday attack there has been much speculation from the right-wing about the motive of the shooter. Many have gone as far as saying Dear sought refuge in the Planned Parenthood after he flubbed an attempted bank robbery – a version that was never substantiated by authorities.
In fact, an unnamed police officer provide a statement at the time of Dear’s arrest sharing the detail that the shooter uttered the words “no more baby parts” while he was taken into custody. Planned Parenthood released a statement sharing the suspected motive and citing anti-abortion views as the focus; however, the anti-choice folks quickly dismissed that claim.
Planned Parenthood Executives responded with a few very pointed Tweets:
Words matter. https://t.co/9vlwktdP27
— Cecile Richards (@CecileRichards) December 9, 2015
Let's be clear: Violent rhetoric can lead to violent actions.
— Dawn Laguens (@dawnlaguens) December 9, 2015
Prosecutors have not said yet whether they will seek the death penalty in this case.
The three people who lost their lives in this senseless attack were Ke’Arre Stewart (29), Jennifer Markovsky (35) and Garrett Swasey (44).
Robert Lewis Dear will appear in court again on December 23.
Featured image via CBS