Accused Colorado abortion clinic gunman can be forcibly medicated
Robert Lewis Dear, 57, accused of shooting three people to death and wounding nine others at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado last month, attends his hearing to face 179 counts of various criminal charges at an El Paso County court in Colorado Springs, Colorado December 9, 2015. REUTERS/Andy Cross/Pool

A man accused of fatally shooting three people at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic in 2015, who was deemed mentally unfit to stand trial, can be forcibly medicated in an effort to restore him to competency, an appeals court ruled on Thursday.


The Colorado Court of Appeals upheld a lower court's ruling that the state can administer anti-psychotic drugs to Robert Lewis Dear, 59, over his lawyer's objections.

(Reporting by Keith Coffman; Editing by Sandra Maler)