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Robert Dear Jr. talks directly to Judge Gilbert Martinez during a court appearance in 2015 .

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Planned Parenthood shooter Robert Lewis Dear Jr. remains too mentally disturbed to be prosecuted and will be confined for treatment for three more months, a judge ruled Monday, extending Dear’s indefinite legal limbo.

Dear, 61, who claimed responsibility for the Nov. 27, 2015, shootings that killed three people and wounded nine, has been held at the Colorado State Mental Health Institute at Pueblo for more than four years with a diagnosis of delusional disorder.

He could be confined for treatment indefinitely.

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Dear wasn’t at the brief hearing as 4th Judicial District Judge William Bain read the results of the defendant’s latest competency evaluation.

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Prosecutors offered no new details about efforts to try to force medications on Dear, except to say that the Pueblo County Attorney’s Office, which represents the state psychiatric center, plans to file new petitions seeking a judge’s permission. The fight over whether doctors can force medications on Dear has continued for more than a year, waged largely in secret under medical privacy rules.

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Under Colorado law, competency reviews must be conducted every 90 days. The judge set a Nov. 4 hearing to discuss the results of Dear’s next review.

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I cover legal affairs for The Gazette, with an emphasis on the criminal courts. Tips to lance.benzel@gazette.com

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