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Man accused of murdering Red Deer doctor deemed fit to stand trial

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A man accused of killing a family doctor at a medical clinic in central Alberta was deemed fit Wednesday to stand trial.

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

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He was sent last month for a 30-day psychiatric assessment at the Calgary psychiatric hospital.

The judge in the case says a psychiatrist found that Mabiour meets the standards required to be considered mentally fit to stand trial.

Mabiour appeared in Red Deer court today via video from the Calgary Remand Centre.

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He said very little, except that he does not want a lawyer and intends to represent himself.

The case has been adjourned to Nov. 6.

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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, Judge Bert Skinner extended it another 30 days after he said Mabiour was refusing to co-operate with medical staff.

 

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.

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Mabiour is also charged with assault with a weapon and assaulting a police officer.

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