COLORADO SPRINGS — During a court hearing in Colorado Springs, the man police say killed three people at a Planned Parenthood here blurted out that he is guilty.
“I’m guilty — there’s no trial — I’m a warrior for the babies,” shouted Robert Dear, his wrists and ankles shackled in an El Paso County Courtroom.
His comments came as lawyers discussed motions at the beginning of the hearing. Some of the first motions discussed included expanded media coverage.
“It’s my life,” Dear blurted out at another point.
Lawyers for both sides got up from their seats and huddled with the judge.
Security was tight getting into the courtroom today, and no electronic devices were allowed inside.
“We’re not taking any chances,” said a man from the district attorney’s office who was working the line outside the door and ushering people through a metal detector.
Dear sat at a table with three attorneys including Dan King, a Colorado public defender who had earlier represented James Holmes in the Aurora theater shooting trial this summer. Sheriffs deputies stood guard nearby as a sketch artist captured Dear’s unkept hair and white beard.
At the beginning of the hearing, Dear, dressed in a blue, short-sleeved El Paso County jumpsuit, stared straight ahead, rocking slightly in his chair from time to time as reporters and others filled the courtroom behind him.
This story has been updated.