CRIME

Judge set to rule on clinic shooting suspect's mental state

  • FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2015 file photo, Robert Lewis Dear talks to Judge Gilbert Martinez during a court appearance in Colorado Springs, Colo. The judge is set to rule on the mental state of Dear who acknowledged killing three people at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado. Martinez is expected to announce Wednesday, May 11, 2016, whether criminal proceedings should continue against 57-year-old Dear. (Andy Cross/The Denver Post via AP, Pool, File)

    FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2015 file photo, Robert Lewis Dear talks to Judge Gilbert Martinez during a court appearance in Colorado Springs, Colo. The judge is set to rule on the mental state of Dear who acknowledged killing three people at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado. Martinez is expected to announce Wednesday, May 11, 2016, whether criminal proceedings should continue against 57-year-old Dear. (Andy Cross/The Denver Post via AP, Pool, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • State psychologist B. Thomas Gray leaves the courtroom during a recess from a competency hearing for Robert Dear, Jr., Tuesday, May 10, 2016, in the El Paso Country Judicial Building in Colorado Springs, Colo. Dear is charged with 179 counts, including murder, attempted murder and assault, in the Nov. 27, 2015, shootings at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic. (Christian Murdock/The Gazette via AP, Pool)

    State psychologist B. Thomas Gray leaves the courtroom during a recess from a competency hearing for Robert Dear, Jr., Tuesday, May 10, 2016, in the El Paso Country Judicial Building in Colorado Springs, Colo. Dear is charged with 179 counts, including murder, attempted murder and assault, in the Nov. 27, 2015, shootings at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic. (Christian Murdock/The Gazette via AP, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • Public defenders Rosalie Roy, left, Dan King and Kristen Nelson leave the competency hearing for Robert Dear, Jr., Tuesday, May 10, 2016, in the El Paso Country Judicial Building in Colorado Springs, Colo. Dear is charged with 179 counts, including murder, attempted murder and assault, in the Nov. 27, 2015, shootings at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic. (Christian Murdock/The Gazette via AP, Pool)

    Public defenders Rosalie Roy, left, Dan King and Kristen Nelson leave the competency hearing for Robert Dear, Jr., Tuesday, May 10, 2016, in the El Paso Country Judicial Building in Colorado Springs, Colo. Dear is charged with 179 counts, including murder, attempted murder and assault, in the Nov. 27, 2015, shootings at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic. (Christian Murdock/The Gazette via AP, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

A judge is set to rule on the mental state of a man who acknowledged killing three people at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado.

Judge Gilbert Martinez is expected to announce Wednesday whether criminal proceedings should continue against 57-year-old Robert Dear.

If the judge decides Dear isn't mentally competent, the case would be put on hold while Dear undergoes treatment at a psychiatric hospital designed to restore his competency.

Dear is charged with 179 counts, including murder, attempted murder and assault, in the Nov. 27 shootings at the Colorado Springs clinic. Nine people were injured.

In courtroom outbursts, Dear has said he is guilty and called himself a "warrior for the babies."

Psychologists have testified Dear isn't mentally capable of understanding the court proceedings or helping his lawyers.