Planned Parenthood shooter Robert Lewis Dear has revealed more about his motives for shooting up the abortion clinic and the revolve around his concerns about the federal government, not abortion.
“I do not want them as my lawyers. I invoke my constitutional right to defend myself,” Dear said Wednesday.
As Judge Gilbert Martinez attempted to settle the defendant down, Dear shot back, “How can I trust my attorney when he says I’m incompetent in the newspaper?”
Now, Dear has admitted his real target was the FBI and the federal government, whom he believed was targeting him. Dear called a local Denver television station to reveal the real motive behind his shooting up the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic — and it had more to do with anti-government sentiment than opposing abortion.
The accused Planned Parenthood shooter told a Denver television station Wednesday he impulsively attacked the Colorado Springs clinic nearly two months ago, because he believed federal agents were following him and “they wanted to start a war.”
“I felt like they were going to get me and so I am going to pick where I want to make my last stand,” Robert Lewis Dear Jr. told Denver-based CBS4.
During Wednesday’s call, Dear said he had been badgered by FBI agents for 22 years after grumbling on the radio about the agency’s role in the Waco, Texas siege that left more than 80 people dead. He claimed agents went so far as to go inside his Hartsel trailer and cut his clothing, CBS4 reported.
Dear added that FBI agents followed him from Hartsel to the Colorado Springs clinic, and that the agents even warned people inside the Planned Parenthood clinic that he was coming.
“Well, when I got there of course, those guys knew I was armed, knew everything about me,” Dear told CBS4. “They slither off like snakes and they get the local cops to do their dirty work so that’s why the shootout was there,” said Dear.
He said he did not plan for the spur-of-the-moment attack, and he expected to die at the clinic.
Dear’s mental competency is still in question and the evaluation of it will determine his fate.
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