Man accused of murdering Alberta doctor back in court after psychiatric exam

A man accused of killing a family doctor at a medical clinic in central Alberta is scheduled to be back in court today after a psychiatric exam.

Deng Mabiour is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Dr. Walter Reynolds at the Village Mall Walk-In Clinic in Red Deer.

A judge initially ordered a five-day psychiatric exam to see if the 54-year-old understood the charges against him and was fit to stand trial. Last month, provincial court judge Bert Skinner extended it another 30 days after he said Mabiour was refusing to co-operate with medical staff at the Calgary psychiatric centre and had, so far, not been seen by a doctor.

The accused has gone on several tirades against the judge.

Mabiour, who an acquaintance has said is from South Sudan, previously told Skinner that he’s worried about the justice system in Canada and that he doesn’t want “a stupid legal-aid lawyer”.

He has also demanded to know why the judge won’t ask him why he killed his doctor.

He also told the court that he is sick and doesn’t remember anything. 

At his court appearance last month, Mabiour suggested the water at the the psychiatric facility was contaminated with COVID-19. 

Reynolds, a 45-year-old father of two, was attacked with a weapon while working at the clinic on Aug. 10. He died later in hospital.

One witness said she was in the waiting room when she heard cries for help and that a man in the clinic had a hammer and a machete.

RCMP have said the crime was not random and the two men knew each other through the clinic, although they have not said if Mabiour was a patient of Reynolds.

Mabiour is also charged with assault with a weapon and assaulting a police officer. He has no known criminal record. 

Dr. Walter Reynolds died on August 10 after being attacked inside a Red Deer medical clinic. (Submitted by Anelia Reynolds)

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