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Judge presiding over Planned Parenthood shooting case announces retirement

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The 4th Judicial District's top judge will retire this summer after nearly three decades on the bench. 

Presiding Judge Gilbert Martinez will officially step down on July 31.

Born in Trinidad and raised in Denver, Martinez has been a judge since November 14, 1989. He studied at the University of Colorado and worked as a public defender before becoming a judge.

Martinez served as the judicial district's top judge twice. First from 1994 until 2008 and then again from 2012 until the present. 

Martinez was assigned to the Robert Dear case shortly after prosecutors say Dear opened fire at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, killing three people and wounding nine others.

The case is on hold because Dear was found mentally incompetent to stand trial. He is being treated at the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo.

A spokesman for the state courts says Martinez can re-assign a judge to the Dear case or he may leave that responsibility up to his replacement.




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