Suspect in Colorado Springs clinic attack will face murder charges

Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood shooting suspect Robert Dear, right, appears via video hearing during his first court appearance, where he was told he faces first degree murder charges, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, in Colorado Springs, Colo. At left is public defender Dan King. (Mark Reis/The Gazette via AP, Pool)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – The man accused of attacking a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs has made his first court appearance.

Fifty-seven-year-old Robert Lewis Dear appeared before a judge in a brief video hearing on Monday, standing next to public defender Daniel King. He’s the same lawyer who represented Colorado theater shooting gunman James Holmes.

Dear wore a white vest and blinked periodically as the judge spoke to him. He did not speak much. He said “yes” twice when asked if he understood his rights and the first-degree murder charges he faces. He responded “no questions” when the judge asked if he had any about the charges.

Dear is scheduled to be charged Dec. 9.

Court records in South Carolina show a Peeping Tom charge against Dear was dismissed in 2002 on the same day the woman who made the accusation filed a restraining order against him.

Robert Lewis Dear was arrested in May 2002 when the woman said he looked into her home and put her in fear for her life. Court records show the charge was dismissed less than two months later. Colleton County Court administrator Pamala White said Monday a copy of the restraining order was no longer available because the county destroys them after 10 years.

The criminal court records give no other details about the case.

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