Monday, November 30, 2015

Shooting suspect makes appearance

Posted By on Mon, Nov 30, 2015 at 8:47 PM

click to enlarge Robert Dear of Hartsel. - COURTESY EL PASO COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
  • Courtesy El Paso County Sheriff's Office
  • Robert Dear of Hartsel.
Robert Lewis Dear, 57, appeared before District Judge Gilbert Martinez this afternoon. Dear, who was arrested at the scene of a triple homicide shooting on Friday at Planned Parenthood, has not yet been formally charged.

The District Attorney's Office has from seven to 10 days to file charges, says DA's spokeswoman Lee Richards. Dear's next court appearance will be at 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 9, she said.

Richards also said the DA's Office has 63 days from arraignment to make a decision of whether or not to seek the death penalty.

Dear is being held without bond at the Criminal Justice Center in the deaths of University of Colorado and Colorado Springs Police Department officer Garrett Swasey, 44, Jennifer Markovsky, 35, and Ke'Arre Marcell Stewart, 29. All were killed in a hail of gunfire on Friday as more than 100 law officers responded to the clinic on Centennial Boulevard and rescued dozens of people.

Nine people were injured. Four remain hospitalized Monday at Penrose Hospital and one at Memorial Hospital.

Markovsky's father, Paul, issued this statement:
I am shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic loss of my wife. She was a very caring and compassionate person and patient and understanding parent. She was deeply loved by all who knew her. She was always helping the kids do homework and reading books with them. We will miss her; her cooking, crafting and adventurous spirit. We ask for privacy now as we try to begin the grief and healing process.
This just in from the local authorities:
We would like to offer our condolences to the families and the friends of the victims in last week’s horrific event. The El Paso County Coroner’s Office has completed the autopsies on the three victims. The victims have been positively identified as:

Jennifer Markovsy, Date of Birth of December 22, 1979. Her cause of death is from a gunshot wound and her manner of death has been ruled a homicide.

Ke’Arre Marcell Stewart, Date of Birth of February 9, 1986. His cause of death was from a gunshot wound and his manner of death has been ruled a homicide.

Garrett Swasey, Date of Birth of November 16, 1971. His cause of death was from a gunshot wound and his manner of death has been ruled a homicide.

As part of the joint investigation neither the Colorado Springs Police Department nor the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office will release the names of the surviving victims, witnesses, and involved police officers pursuant to C.R.S. § 24-72-305(5). At the present time disclosure of this information would be contrary to public interest because such release would be detrimental to the active and ongoing homicide investigation. Additionally the release of the names of the victims, witnesses, and involved police officers would impact the privacy and safety of these individuals.

Other items which cannot be released include information on any involved weapons to include those used by officers and the suspect, 911 emergency telephone calls, closed circuit surveillance footage, tactics or comments on tactics employed, equipment used by or available to tactical officers and patrol officers, comments or statements made by or attributed to the suspect, timelines regarding response and actions while on scene, and dispatch audio recordings. Please note the dispatch audio currently being used by different media outlets was not provided by the Colorado Springs Police Department or the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.

During today’s video advisement the suspect was wearing a safety smock. This smock is NOT a bullet proof vest but a standard jail issued item.

The suspect's next hearing date will take place on Wednesday, December 9th, 2015, at 1:30 PM MST in Division 10. The suspect is being represented by the Colorado Public Defender’s Office.

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