CO Planned Parenthood shooter faces judge

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COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- Planned Parenthood shooting suspect Robert Dear, 57, had to face a judge via video for the first time today.

It’s still not clear what prompted Friday’s six-hour standoff that ended with three people being shot and killed and nine others wounded at the clinic, but Dear reportedly talked about "baby parts" after his surrender, and said he has anti-government and anti-abortion views.

Dear does not have a clean record but he's never been convicted of a crime. His wife reportedly accused him of domestic assault in 1997 (she didn't press charges), counts of being a peeping tom were dismissed in 2002, and in 2003, Dear went on trial for animal cruelty charges. He was found not guilty.

The judge advised Dear that he's being held without bond on suspicion of first-degree murder. The next hearing in the case is set for December 9.

A hermit's shanty

Dear is being held without bail in a Colorado Springs jail, according to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

He apparently lived in solitude in the Carolinas, then more recently in Colorado.

Over a decade ago, he had some run-ins with the law while living in South Carolina but was never convicted.

In 1997, Dear's wife accused him of domestic assault, although no charges were pressed, according to records from the Colleton County Sheriff's Office in South Carolina.

In 2002, Dear was charged with being a peeping Tom; those counts were dismissed.

In 2003, he was arrested and charged with two counts of animal cruelty, but he was found not guilty at a bench trial.

He later made his home in a hermit shanty in the mountains of North Carolina, CNN affiliate WLOS reported. It published a photo of a small, basic cabin in the woods of Buncombe County.

The Sheriff's Office there knew Dear from a single civil citation issued in 2014 for allowing his dogs to run wild.

Officer, veteran and mother slain

Officer Garrett Swasey died along with two civilian victims in the hail of bullets. He was an elder in his church and a former champion figure skater.

Swasey was a University of Colorado-Colorado Springs officer who rushed to the clinic to help.

"There was no way any of us could have kept him here," UCCS Police Chief Brian McPike said. "He was always willing to go. ... He had an enthusiasm that was hard to quell."

The Melrose, Massachusetts, native "found his calling as a police officer," according to a statement from his family.

"Helping others brought him deep satisfaction, and being a police officer was a part of him. In the end, his last act was for the safety and well-being of others and was a tribute to his life," it said.

As of Monday morning, a fundraising page set up for Swasey's wife of 17 years, Rachel, and his two children -- Elijah, 10 and Faith, 6 -- had reached more than $94,000 of a stated goal of $100,000.

Ke'Arre Stewart, 29, and Jennifer Markovsky, 35, were also killed in the shooting, officials said Sunday.

Stewart was a U.S. Army veteran who'd served in Iraq, his sister, Temprest Lloyd, told CNN. He was the father of two daughters.

Lloyd, who's spoken with police and the coroner about the shooting, said her brother called 911 during the attack and told others at Planned Parenthood to take cover.

"He was able to save a lot of lives and stop other people from possibly losing their lives, and I'm proud of him for that," she said.

Stewart's wife told CNN affiliate KKTV that their family is seeking justice.

Markovsky's father, John Ah-King, told KKTV that he was heartbroken.

"I couldn't believe it. I just messaged her Thursday to say Happy Thanksgiving," he told The Denver Post.

Sister-in-law Julia Miller told The Post that Markovsky was a stay-at-home mom who was devoted to her two children.

"She's just a really sweet woman that would do anything for everyone," Miller said, according to the newspaper.

Planned Parenthood videos

Planned Parenthood has recently endured intense political and social opposition.

Eight undercover videos released over the summer by anti-abortion activists have stirred caustic criticism against the reproductive health services provider. The controversy has reached the halls of Congress, where conservative politicians have demanded the group's defunding.

Planned Parenthood has said the videos, which alleged illegal fetal organ sales, were heavily edited and inaccurate.

At least three of the organization's buildings have been vandalized since September, not long after the last video appeared.

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