The man accused of killing three people and wounding nine others in a shooting rampage last year at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado was declared incompetent to stand trial at a court hearing on his mental state on Wednesday. The ruling by El Paso County Judge Gilbert Martinez effectively means a suspension in criminal proceedings against the defendant, Robert Lewis Dear, 58, stemming from the first fatal attack on a U.S. abortion provider since 2009. Dear, who has proclaimed himself guilty and a "warrior for the babies" in previous courtroom outbursts, will be transported back to a state mental hospital in Pueblo, Colorado, for "restorative treatment," and his status will be reviewed again in 90 days, on Aug. 11, the judge ordered.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — In a story May 9 about possible settlements being negotiated over sexual abuse at St. George's School, The Associated Press reported that Katie Wales Lovkay, who was abused by athletic trainer Al Gibbs, said she wants to see the school own up to what happened and does not want "payoff money." The story should have made clear that Lovkay would consider settling under certain conditions, such as that she is not placed under a gag order and that the name of a dormitory at the school is changed to remove the name of the headmaster to whom she reported her abuse.
As federal charges were filed against a white former South Carolina police officer who already faced a state murder charge in the shooting death of unarmed black motorist Walter Scott, Scott’s lawyer and family praised the federal prosecutors for pressing the case. “I think the Justice Department is tired of sitting on the sidelines and they think this is one they can definitely win and send a message to police departments around the country,” attorney Chris Stewart told The Associated Press. A federal indictment unsealed Wednesday charges Michael Slager, 34, with depriving Scott of his civil rights.