COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - There was more than a dozen outbursts in court from the suspected Planned Parenthood gunman Robert Dear.
There was increased security at the El Paso County Courthouse for his hearing. Family of the victims were inside courtroom when Dear shouted "I'm guilty, there's no trial. I'm a warrior for the babies." That was before the judge granted video coverage of the hearing.
He showed no remorse as he shouted, "Protect babies!"
"Let's let it all come out! Truth!"
"Kill the babies, that's what Planned Parenthood does!"
The hearing mostly consisted of motions to limit pre-trial publicity from the media and to decide when the defense would get access to the crime scene to do their own independent investigation, but Dear made several interruptions, often referencing the shooting.
"You'll never know the amount of blood I saw in that place," he said.
He cut off his public defender frequently. Daniel King is representing Dear. King was also an attorney for the Aurora movie theater shooter James Holmes.
"Do you know who this lawyer is? He's the lawyer for the Batman shooter, they drugged [Holmes] up and that's what they want to do with me," Dear shouted.
The defense raised concerns that they believe Dear is not competent to make decisions for himself. They asked the judge for more time to decide whether or not to have a preliminary hearing, and they asked the prosecution to share any documents and video of Dear from when he was arrested and interrogated.
"Judge, we cannot begin to make a determination about the nature or the depth of Mr. Dear's mental illness until we receive full disclosure," began King, he was interrupted by Dear shouting "You're not my lawyer!"
The judge has allowed the preliminary hearing to be postponed to give the defense time to assess Dear's competency.
"I'm not going to agree to their mental health evaluations where they'd want to take me and put me under psychotropic drugs so that I can't talk like the Batman guy," Dear said to the judge at the end of the hearing.
Dear is facing 179 charges for the Nov. 27 shooting. He's accused of killing three people, UCCS police Officer Garrett Swasey, Ke'Arre Stewart and Jennifer Markovsky. He's also accused of injuring nine others.
The 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office has charged Dear with eight counts of first-degree murder. There are two charges for each of the victims, one for premeditated first-degree murder and another charge for first-degree murder with extreme indifference for human life.
Dear is facing an extra felony murder charge for Stewart and Markovsky's death because he was allegedly in the process of burglarizing the Planned Parenthood building when they were shot.
The DA said many of the charges Dear is facing are duplicates of that nature, reminding the press conference that no convictions have been made yet.
"The defendant is presumed not guilty until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt," said District Attorney Dan May.
May told the media that it is too early to know if they will ask for the death penalty for Dear if he is convicted.
"After the arraignment, and only after the arraignment, the clock starts ticking for the DA to file a notice with the court of whether we will be asking for the death penalty in this case or not," May said.
The judge scheduled a status update hearing for Dec. 23.