Attorneys for Robert Lewis Dear, Jr., the man suspected of killing three people in a Friday shooting rampage, have filed a motion in El Paso County court to limit pre-trial media coverage.
The motion, if granted, would place a gag order on all attorneys, law enforcement investigators and any official connected to the case.
Filed on Monday by the office of the Colorado State Public Defender, the motion declares Dear's right to a fair trial has been jeopardized by extensive media coverage of the shooting at the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic, which has generated national and international headlines.
"While Mr. Dear is not entitled to jurors who will be sympathetic to him, he is guaranteed the right to a trial by jurors who 'will hear the matter fairly and impartially,'" wrote Dear's attorneys, citing an existing ruling.
The motion was one of many filed court Monday by Dear's attorneys, who also requested that physical evidence from the crime scene and connected to the investigation be preserved, such as police notes and samples taken.
During Dear's Monday video advisement, Dan King, the chief attorney in the defense of the Aurora theater shooter James Holmes, also objected to several requests from media outlets to have expanded coverage of the trial, which would include allowing still and video cameras in the courtroom. Attorneys asked that the objection apply to all of Dear's subsequent court appearances, the first of which is Dec. 9, when he is expected to be formally charged.
The state public defender's office has officially taken Dear's case, but specific attorneys have not yet been assigned to defend him.
On Tuesday, an ex-wife of Dear's told NBC News that Dear had once before targeted a Planned Parenthood near where the couple lived. Barbara Mescher Michaux, whose name was spelled in court documents as Micheau, told NBC that Dear put glue in the locks of a Planned Parenthood clinic more than 20 years ago. Michaux could not be reached by The Gazette Tuesday night and no other details about the incident were provided.
In affidavit she filed to divorce him in 1993, Michaux characterized Dear as a violent, isolated man. In the affidavit, Michaux said Dear would listen to music on headphones for hours, ignoring her. He'd vanish for gambling trips to Las Vegas or Atlantic City and suddenly explode in anger at home, kicking her and pulling her hair.
She also said he appeared to be deeply religious.
"He claims to be a Christian and is extremely evangelistic, but he does not follow the Bible in his actions," Michaux wrote. "He says as long as he believes he will be saved, he can do whatever he pleases. He is obsessed with the world coming to an end."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.