Robert Dear Appears in Court, Could Face Death in Planned Parenthood Killings

The man accused of killing three people at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic made his first court appearance Monday, where he was told that he could face the death penalty.

Robert Lewis Dear, 57, wore a protective vest and cast his eyes downward as he spoke to the judge via closed circuit TV, while victim's relatives watched from the El Paso County courtroom.

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Dear said little, answering the judge's yes-or-no questions in a raspy voice with his public defender at his side.

If convicted of first degree murder, Dear would face a minimum sentence of life in prison and a maximum of death, the judge said.

Asked if he had any questions, Dear replied, "No questions."

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Dear is due back in court Dec. 9.

Public defender Daniel King asked to see the crime scene, a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs where Dear, allegedly armed with a rifle, opened fire Friday afternoon, killing a police officer and two civilians and wounding nine others during a five-hour siege that ended with his surrender.

The judge said the lawyer could visit the scene when police finished their investigation.