Robert Lewis Dear, the suspected gunman behind an attack on a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado, told a television station Wednesday that he did not plan the shooting, and targeted the reproductive health organization because it was "murdering little babies," the Associated Press (AP) reported. The 57-year-old has been accused of killing three people and wounding nine others in a Nov. 27 shooting rampage at the clinic.
Dear told KCNC-TV in a phone interview that he believes FBI agents were following him the morning of the attack, and they tipped off employees that he was headed to the clinic. He also said that the agents have been harassing him for years. Dear added that he wants to plead guilty for the shooting and expects to be executed.
"I felt like they were going to get me, and so I am going to pick where I am going to make my last stand, and I picked Planned Parenthood because it's murdering little babies," Dear said, according to the AP. "Well, when I got there, of course, those guys knew I was armed, knew everything about me. They slither off like snakes and they get the local cops to do their dirty work, so that's why the shootout was there."
The South Carolina native is facing 179 felony counts, including charges of first-degree murder, attempted murder and assault.
Last month, a judge ordered Dear to undergo a psychiatric evaluation after he insisted that he wants to represent himself in legal proceedings. Judge Gilbert Martinez ordered the examination to determine whether Dear is fit to represent himself against charges of murder and other offenses.
Dear's attorney, Daniel King, has raised doubts about Dear's mental health after his repeated outbursts during court appearances.
At his first hearing on Dec. 9, Dear told the court: "I am a warrior for the babies" and "You'll never know what I saw in that clinic," suggesting a possible motive for the killings. "I am guilty. There is no trial,” he added.
According to the AP, Dear told the Denver television station: "I am sane, I am coherent, I have a college degree."
Dear has been held without bond since surrendering after a nearly five-hour siege at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs.