Accused Planned Parenthood clinic gunman ruled mentally incompetent

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Competency hearing continues for Planned Parenthood shooting suspect

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., May 11 (Reuters) - The man accused of killing three people and wounding nine others in a shooting rampage last year at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado was declared incompetent to stand trial at a court hearing on his mental state on Wednesday.

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The ruling by El Paso County Judge Gilbert Martinez effectively means a suspension in criminal proceedings stemming from the first fatal attack on a U.S. abortion provider since 2009.

The defendant, Robert Lewis Dear, 58, will transported back to a state mental hospital in Pueblo, Colorado, for "restorative treatment," and his status will be reviewed again in 90 days, on Aug. 11, the judge ordered.

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Accused Planned Parenthood clinic gunman ruled mentally incompetent
Colorado Springs shooting suspect Robert Lewis Dear of North Carolina is seen in undated photos provided by the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. A gunman burst into a Planned Parenthood clinic Friday, Nov. 27, 2015 and opened fire, launching several gunbattles and an hourslong standoff with police as patients and staff took cover. By the time the shooter surrendered, at least three people were killed, including a police officer and at least nine others were wounded, authorities said. (El Paso County Sheriff's Office via AP)
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)
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - NOVEMBER 27: A suspect is led away in handcuffs by police during an active shooter situation outside a Planned Parenthood facility where an active shooter reportedly injured up to eleven people, including at least five police officers, on November 27, 2015 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Police continue to investigate the scene and are searching the buiding for possible explosive devices. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - NOVEMBER 27: A suspect is led away in handcuffs by police during an active shooter situation outside a Planned Parenthood facility where an active shooter reportedly injured up to eleven people, including at least five police officers, on November 27, 2015 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Police continue to investigate the scene and are searching the buiding for possible explosive devices. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - NOVEMBER 27: A suspect is led away in handcuffs by police during an active shooter situation outside a Planned Parenthood facility where an active shooter reportedly injured up to eleven people, including at least five police officers, on November 27, 2015 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Police continue to investigate the scene and are searching the buiding for possible explosive devices. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
A police vehicle, carrying a suspect, is lead away after a shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, in Colorado Springs, Colo. A gunman opened fire at the clinic on Friday, authorities said, wounding multiple people. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Lt. Catherine Buckley, center, of the Colorado Springs Police Department, talk to members of the media as Fire Chief Christopher Riley, right, looks on after a shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Colorado Springs Fire Department Chief Christopher Riley, center, reacts to question from the media after a shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Vehicles block off an intersection after a deadly shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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People are escorted away from the scene by police after a gunman opened fire at a Planned Parenthood facility on Centennial Boulevard in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. The gunman was captured alive. (Daniel Owen/Colorado Springs Gazette/TNS via Getty Images)
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - NOVEMBER 27: An officer waits on the intersection of Windmill and Centennial while facing south towards the scene of a shooting November 27, 2015 in Colorado Springs, CO. (Photo by Brent Lewis/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
An officer stands guard near a Planned Parenthood clinic Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, in Colorado Springs, Colo. A gunman opened fire at the clinic on Friday, authorities said, wounding multiple people. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - NOVEMBER 27: People are rescued near the scene of a shooting at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs Friday November 27, 2015.(Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - NOVEMBER 27: People are rescued near the scene of a shooting at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs Friday November 27, 2015. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - NOVEMBER 27: Joan Motolinia shows concern over his sister who was inside the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, CO. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Police respond to the scene with an active shooter near the Planned Parenthood at Fillmore and Centennial in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. (Stacie Scott/Colorado Springs Gazette/TNS via Getty Images)
A Colorado Springs police officer is transported from the tactical vehicle to an ambulance after a gunman opened fire at a Planned Parenthood facility on Centennial Boulevard in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. The gunman was captured alive. (Daniel Owen/Colorado Springs Gazette/TNS via Getty Images)
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - NOVEMBER 27: A member of the Colorado Springs sheriff's department secures the scene during an active shooter situation near a Planned Parenthood facility where an unidentified suspect has reportedly injured up to nine people, including at least four police officers, on November 27, 2015 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. A standoff has developed outside the clinic and the area is on lockdown. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - NOVEMBER 27: Colorado Springs Police spokesperson Lt. Catherine Buckley addresses the media during an active shooter situation near a Planned Parenthood facility where an unidentified suspect has reportedly injured up to nine people, including at least four police officers, on November 27, 2015 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. A standoff developed outside the clinic and the area is on lockdown. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - NOVEMBER 27: People are rescued near the scene of a shooting in Colorado Springs Friday November 27, 2015. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - NOVEMBER 27: People are rescued near the scene of a shooting at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs Friday November 27, 2015. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - NOVEMBER 27: Colorado Springs rescue personnel stand ready near the scene of an active shooting in Colorado Springs Friday November 27, 2015. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
An officer from the Colorado Springs K-9 Unit is being transferred from a tactical vehicle to an ambulance before being transported from the scene during a shooting incident n Colorado Springs, Colo., on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. (Daniel Owen/Colorado Springs Gazette/TNS via Getty Images)
An officer patrols the perimeter during a shooting incident in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. (Daniel Owen/Colorado Springs Gazette/TNS via Getty Images)
Police respond to the scene with an active shooter near the Planned Parenthood at Fillmore and Centennial in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. (Stacie Scott/Colorado Springs Gazette/TNS via Getty Images)
A gunman opened fire inside a Planned Parenthood facility on Centennial Boulevard in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. The gunman was captured alive. (Daniel Owen/Colorado Springs Gazette/TNS via Getty Images)
Police stand guard at the intersection of Centennial and Fillmore near a Planned Parenthood clinic Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, in Colorado Springs, Colo. A gunman opened fire at the clinic on Friday, authorities said, wounding multiple people. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - NOV. 27: Members of law enforcement enter the emergency room at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs where some people were transported from an active shooting near a shopping center, where an armed person is insided a Planned Parenthood and has been shooting at police officers outside. (Photo by Kathryn Scott Osler/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - NOVEMBER 27: Colorado Springs police officers and rescue personnel transport an injured officer near the scene of an active shooting in Colorado Springs Friday November 27, 2015. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - NOVEMBER 27: Colorado Springs police officers search the area near the scene of an active shooting in Colorado Springs Friday November 27, 2015. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Planned Parenthood clinic shooting survivor Ozy Licano describes his encounter with the shooter Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, in Colorado Springs Colo. 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 multiple people and wounded others, officials said. Licano, who the gunman shot toward while he was in his car, suffered cuts from the window glass and was treated and released from Memorial Hospital on Friday. (Christian Murdock/The Gazette via AP, Pool)
A crime scene investigator looks over a police vehicle damaged during Friday's shooting spree near a Planned Parenthood clinic Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015, in northwest Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Crime scene investigators look over a vehicle damaged during Friday's shooting spree near a Planned Parenthood clinic Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015, in northwest Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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Martinez cited the findings of two court-appointed state psychologists who evaluated Dear and concluded he was suffering from a psychotic delusional disorder that they said rendered him mentally unfit to stand trial.

The judge said he was persuaded by the psychologists that while Dear could comprehend the proceedings from a factual standpoint, his delusions and paranoia left him unable to meaningfully assist in his own defense.

(Reporting by Keith Coffman in Colorado Springs; Writing by Steve Gorman; Editing by Chris Reese)

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