Mental exam focus of hearing in clinic shooting case

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Attorneys for a man who admitted to killing three people at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic will return to court to discuss his mental competency exam.

The Wednesday hearing will likely focus on whether the evaluation of 57-year-old Robert Dear is finished.

A judge ordered the exam after Dear announced that he wanted to fire his public defenders and represent himself. The exam will show whether he is mentally capable of making that decision.

Prosecutors charged Dear with 179 counts including murder, attempted murder and assault for the Nov. 27 shooting that also left nine injured.

During courtroom outbursts, he declared himself a "warrior for the babies" and said he was guilty. Defense attorneys raised doubts about his competency.

Prosecutors say his outbursts show an understanding of the case against him.