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2015 Colorado Springs shooting

A police officer and two civilians were killed in an attack at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado on November 27, 2015. The shooting and a five-hour standoff also led to five officers and four civilians being injured. The suspected gunman was identified as Robert Lewis Dear, a 57-year-old man from North Carolina. On November 30, the suspect was charged with murder in the first-degree, and was being held with no bond.

Victims

  • Ke'arre Stewart: 29-year-old, veteran. Has two children, 11 and 5. Went with someone to the clinic when he was killed.
  • Jennifer Markovsky: 36-year-old. Accompanying a friend to the clinic when she was killed.
  • Garrett Swasey: police officer at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Died when he called to assist with an active shooter at the nearby clinic.

Suspect

On 30 November 2015, Robert Lewis Dear was produced before the court. The judged advised him that he's being held on suspicion of first-degree murder. If convicted, the charge could carry a minimum penalty of life in prison without parole or a maximum penalty of death. Deer has faced the judge via a video feed from jail. Public defender Daniel King is representing Deer in this case. Daniel King had also represented convicted Colorado movie theater shooter James Holmes in the past. District Attorney Dan May said prosecutors have 63 days after Dear's arraignment to decide whether to bring a death penalty case. Documents in the investigation were ordered sealed by the court on Monday.

The next hearing of the case is set for 9 December 2015 when the format filing of charges in the case will be done.

During a court appearance on 9 December 2015, Robert Dear shouted that he's "A warrior for the babies". He says that he is guilty. Prosecutors charged him with 179 crimes related to the shooting, including first-degree and attempted first-degree murder charges. During the hearing, Robert Dear shouted "I am guilty; there's no trial. I am a warrior for the babies. Protect the babies!" Dear was due back in court on 23 December 2015.


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