RED DEER – A trial date is set Monday for a man who wants to act as his own lawyer when he is tried in the killing of a family doctor at a medical clinic in central Alberta.
Deng Mabiour is charged with first-degree murder in the slaying last summer of Dr. Walter Reynolds at the Village Mall Walk-In Clinic in Red Deer.
A judge warned Mabiour about the seriousness of the offence at his last court appearance in December, but Mabiour still insisted he did not want a lawyer.
He has pleaded not guilty.
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A University of Calgary law professor said she’s not aware of any other cases this serious in which an accused has defended him or herself.
Lisa Silver expects the judge in the case will make every effort to ensure that Mabiour receives a fair trial.
Mabiour has had a number of unusual interactions with the court since his arrest, and a judge ordered a psychiatric examination to determine if the accused understood the charges against him.
A psychiatrist found Mabiour fit to stand trial, despite his behaviour in court.
Reynolds, a 45-year-old father of two, was attacked with a weapon while he was working at the clinic on Aug. 10 and died later in hospital.
RCMP have said the crime was not random and the two men knew each other through the clinic, although police have not said if Mabiour was a patient of Reynolds.
Mabiour is also charged with assault with a weapon and assaulting a police officer.