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Colorado Planned Parenthood Clinic Reopens After Shooting

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FILE - Robert Lewis Dear appears in court in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Dec. 9, 2015.

FILE - Robert Lewis Dear appears in court in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Dec. 9, 2015.

A Planned Parenthood clinic in the U.S. state of Colorado has reopened nearly three months after a gunman opened fire in the building, killing three people and wounding nine others.

The building's entrance was still partially boarded up after being heavily damaged by a police vehicle in an effort to stop the attack.

Vicki Cowart, the president of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, said the clinic had more than 30 scheduled appointments Monday. She said the clinic would resume offering a full spectrum of services, including abortion.

Several abortion protesters also returned to the clinic Monday, holding signs along a nearby street. However, they distanced themselves from the shooting and expressed sympathy for the attack victims.

Robert Lewis Dear, 57, has been charged with the killings on Nov. 27. Dear declared himself guilty in a courtroom outburst in December, calling himself a "warrior for babies."

His public defender Dan King — the same lawyer who defended Colorado movie theater killer James Holmes — told the judge it is obvious Dear is not mentally competent to stand trial.

Police have not publicly talked about Dear's motive. But reports say he muttered the phrase "no more baby parts" after his arrest.

Dear could face the death penalty if convicted.

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