Colorado clinic shooter admired killer of doctor

Sadie Gurman
Associated Press

Denver — Newly released documents show the man who acknowledges killing three people at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic idolized an abortion foe who killed a Florida doctor more than two decades earlier.

The court documents say 57-year-old Robert Dear told police he attacked the clinic in Colorado Springs because he was upset with the reproductive health organization for performing abortions and “the selling of baby parts.” Dear also told investigators he put glue in the locks at an abortion clinic when he lived in South Carolina.

The documents were unsealed Monday after The Associated Press and other news outlets petitioned the state’s highest court for their release. Judge Gilbert Martinez initially refused to make them public.

Dear is charged with 179 counts, including murder, attempted murder and assault in the Nov. 27 attack which also injured nine others.