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Court rules admitted Planned Parenthood shooter can be forcibly medicated

Robert Dear
Robert Dear

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) - A federal appeals court has ruled that 66-year-old Rober Dear can be forced to take anti-psychotic medication in an effort to make him competent to stand trial.

Dear has been diagnosed with delusional disorder and has been ruled incompetent to stand trial a number of times. Government experts have said anti-psychotic drugs have more than a 70 percent chance of restoring Dear to competency.

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Federal prosecutors say Robert Dear went to the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs in 2015 with six rifles, five handguns, a shotgun, propane tanks, and more than 500 rounds of ammo on the day of the attack. He is facing a 68-count indictment.

Three people were killed in the shooting at the Planned Parenthood clinic. Nine more people were shot and survived.

Read the court's ruling here: Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Robert Dear Ruling

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