Planned Parenthood shooting suspect Robert Dear targeted agency before: Ex-wife

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The man charged with killing three people at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado, has targeted the agency before, his ex-wife said Tuesday.

Robert Lewis Dear, 57, could face the death penalty if he's convicted in Friday's attack, in which a police officer and two civilians were killed during a siege lasting five hours. Law enforcement officials told NBC News that after he was arrested, Dear talked about "no more baby parts" in reference to Planned Parenthood.

Dear appears to have been opposed to the reproductive health agency for decades. Barbara Mescher Michaux, who was married to Dear from 1985 to 1993, said Tuesday that Dear once put glue in the locks of a Planned Parenthood clinic near where they were living at the time — and "that was over 20 years ago when he did that," she said.

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Planned Parenthood shooting suspect Robert Dear targeted agency before: Ex-wife
People attend a vigil held on University of Colorado-Colorado Springs' campus for those killed in Friday's deadly shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, in Colorado Springs, Colo. University of Colorado-Colorado Springs officer Garrett Swasey was among those killed in the rampage, police said. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
This photo provided by the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs shows officer Garrett Swasey, who was killed in a shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colo., Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. A gunman who opened fire inside a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic was arrested Friday after engaging in gun battles with authorities during an hours-long standoff that killed several, including Swasey, and wounded others, officials said. (University of Colorado at Colorado Springs via AP)
Scott Dontanville, front, co-pastor of the Hope Chapel, consoles a congregant before service early Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015, in northeast Colorado Springs, Colo. University of Colorado-Colorado Springs police officer Garrett Swasey, who was one of the three victims of a shooting at a nearby Planned Parenthood clinic Friday, was a member of the congregation. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Members of Hope Chapel take part in service early Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015, in northeast Colorado Springs, Colo. University of Colorado-Colorado Springs police officer Garrett Swasey, who was one of the three victims of a shooting at a nearby Planned Parenthood clinic Friday, was a member of the congregation. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Kurt Aichele, center, one of four co-pastors at Hope Chapel, is hugged by church members before a service early Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015, in northeast Colorado Springs, Colo. University of Colorado-Colorado Springs police officer Garrett Swasey, who was one of the three victims of a shooting at a nearby Planned Parenthood clinic Friday, was a member of the congregation. Aichele says that he was one of Swasey's closest friends. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Co-pastor Scott Dontanville of the Hope Chapel fights back tears before taking part in service early Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015, in northeast Colorado Springs, Colo. University of Colorado-Colorado Springs police officer Garrett Swasey, who was one of the three victims of a shooting at a nearby Planned Parenthood clinic Friday, was a member of the congregation. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - NOVEMBER 29: Tracy Gilliland cries while watching old video of Officer Garrett Swasey ice skating when he was younger at Hope Chapel on November 29, 2015 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Officer Garrett Swasey, who was killed in Friday's shooting at a Planned Parenthood, was a church elder with the congregation and a large part of the community at the church. (Photo by Brent Lewis/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - NOVEMBER 29: Churchgoers sing at the beginning of service at Hope Chapel on November 29, 2015 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Officer Garrett Swasey, who was killed in Friday's shooting at a Planned Parenthood, was a church elder with the congregation and a large part of the community at the church. (Photo by Brent Lewis/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - NOVEMBER 29: Hands wave in the air while churchgoers sing at Hope Chapel on November 29, 2015 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Officer Garrett Swasey, who was killed in Friday's shooting at a Planned Parenthood, was a church elder with the congregation and a large part of the community at the church. (Photo by Brent Lewis/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - NOVEMBER 29: Sarah Donteville hugs Kaitlin Churchill after service at Hope Chapel on November 29, 2015 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Officer Garrett Swasey, who was killed in Friday's shooting at a Planned Parenthood, was a church elder with the congregation and a large part of the community at the church. (Photo by Brent Lewis/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - NOVEMBER 29: Cambria Hooks starts laughing while crying after the congregation made jokes about Officer Garrett Swasey's ice skating at Hope Chapel on November 29, 2015 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Officer Garrett Swasey, who was killed in Friday's shooting at a Planned Parenthood, was a church elder with the congregation and a large part of the community at the church. (Photo by Brent Lewis/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Colorado Springs, CO - NOV, 28: Officers stand on the court during a moment of silence and then the national anthem for Garrett Swasey before the start of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs basketball game on the campus in in Colorado Springs, CO on Saturday, November 28, 2015. (Photo by Matthew Staver/For The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Brian McPike, center, the chief of the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs police force, attends a vigil on the campus of the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, in Colorado Springs, Colo., for the victims of a deadly shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic Friday. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Brain McPike, chief of the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs police force, attends a vigil held on University of Colorado-Colorado Springs' campus for those killed in Friday's deadly shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, in Colorado Springs, Colo. University of Colorado-Colorado Springs officer Garrett Swasey was among those killed in the rampage, police said. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
University of Colorado-Colorado Springs police officer Jerod Heidrick, center, is consoled during a vigil on the school's campus Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, in Colorado Springs, Colo. Officer Garrett Swasey, who was Heidrick's partner on the force, was killed during a shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Friday. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
COLORADO SPRINGS,CO - November 28: The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs held a candlelight vigil at the Gallogly Events Center November 28, 2015 for UCCS police officer Garrett Swasey who was shot and killed along with two others at the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic November 27, 2015. Several others were injured including five law enforcement officers. Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images
Mourners attend a vigil held on University of Colorado-Colorado Springs' campus for those killed in Friday's deadly shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
A vigil is held at Unitarian Universalist Church to mark the Friday shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, in Colorado Springs, Colo. Three people were killed in the attack, including a University of Colorado Colorado Springs police officer, Garrett Swasey. A total of nine people were hospitalized, including five police officers. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Women hold hands during a vigil in a church to mark Friday's shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
A pair of unidentified women hold hands during prayers during a vigil at Unitarian Universalist church to mark the shooting at a nearby Planned Parenthood clinic Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Vicki Cowart, chief executive of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, speaks during a vigil to mark Friday's shooting at a nearby Planned Parenthood clinic Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
COLORADO SPRINGS,CO - November 28: A moment of prayer during a vigil at the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church November 28, 2015. More than one hundred people gathered in the church to remember fallen officer Garrett Swasey and two others who were killed as well as those injured. Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images
COLORADO SPRINGS,CO - November 28: University of Colorado at Colorado Springs student Tori Lord during a candlelight vigil at the Gallogly Events Center November 28, 2015 for UCCS police officer Garrett Swasey who was shot and killed along with two others at the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic November 27, 2015. Several others were injured including five law enforcement officers. Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images
COLORADO SPRINGS,CO - November 28: The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs held a candlelight vigil at the Gallogly Events Center November 28, 2015 for UCCS police officer Garrett Swasey who was shot and killed along with two others at the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic November 27, 2015. Several others were injured including five law enforcement officers. Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images
Tributes rest under a sculpture on University of Colorado-Colorado Springs' campus for fallen officer Garrett Swasey, who was among those killed in Friday's deadly shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
COLORADO SPRINGS,CO - November 28: Hundreds gather around the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Mountain Lion statue during a candlelight vigil at the Gallogly Events Center November 28, 2015 for UCCS police officer Garrett Swasey who was shot and killed along with two others at the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic November 27, 2015. Several others were injured including five law enforcement officers. Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images
COLORADO SPRINGS,CO - November 28: University of Colorado Colorado Springs student Isaac Brumm during a candlelight vigil out in front of the the Gallogly Events Center November 28, 2015 for UCCS police officer Garrett Swasey who was shot and killed along with two others at the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic November 27, 2015. Several others were injured including five law enforcement officers. Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images
COLORADO SPRINGS,CO - November 28: Show of support during a vigil at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs vigil inside the Gallogly Events Center November 28, 2015 for UCCS police officer Garrett Swasey who was shot and killed along with two others at the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic November 27, 2015. Several others were injured including five law enforcement officers. Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images
COLORADO SPRINGS,CO - November 28: The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs held a candlelight vigil at the Gallogly Events Center November 28, 2015 for UCCS police officer Garrett Swasey who was shot and killed along with two others at the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic November 27, 2015. Several others were injured including five law enforcement officers. Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images
Well-wishers fill out cards for the families of victims of the Friday shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic after a vigil Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, in Colorado Springs, Colo., church. Three people were killed, including a police officer, and nine others were wounded. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
COLORADO SPRINGS,CO - November 28: Mary Hueske working as a floater for Colorado Planned Parenthood writes a letter to the families of those killed in Friday's shooting before a vigil at the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church November 28, 2015. More than one hundred people gathered in the church to remember fallen officer Garrett Swasey and two others who were killed as well as those injured. Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images
COLORADO SPRINGS,CO - November 28: A sign on a window at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs Public Safety office on campus November 28, 2015 to honor of fallen police officer Garrett Swasey who was shot and killed during a shooting rampage at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic Friday November 27, 2015. Two other people were shot and killed and several others were injured including several Colorado Springs police officers. Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - NOVEMBER 28: Roy Kieffer prays after laying flowers at a memorial at Fillmore Street and Centennial Boulevard on November 28, 2015 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Life in Colorado Springs attempts to go back to normal after the shooting that killed three people including one police officer that ended at a Planned Parenthood. Stores in the strip mall across from the Planned Parenthood have begun to reopen. (Photo by Brent Lewis/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - NOVEMBER 28: Flowers are laid on the corner as a memorial at Fillmore Street and Centennial Boulevard on November 28, 2015 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Life in Colorado Springs attempts to go back to normal after the shooting that killed three people including one police officer that ended at a Planned Parenthood. Stores in the strip mall across from the Planned Parenthood have begun to reopen. (Photo by Brent Lewis/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
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Mescher Michaux, who lives in South Carolina with her current husband, said Tuesday she was convinced that Dear specifically targeted the Colorado clinic last week.

"For him to plan this and go there, he meant to go there," she said. "There is no doubt in my mind."

Mescher Michaux said Dear "used to be a very smart man," but at some point, he became mercurial, unpredictable and violent.

Mescher Michaux alleged that at one point during their marriage, Dear "knocked me down and beat my head on a concrete floor."

She said she once told her current husband that had she remained married to Dear, "I felt like he would have done me deadly harm."

"I wouldn't have married him if I had known he was the way he was," she said firmly.

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