Judge orders psychiatric exam for man accused of killing Red Deer doctor

A man charged with first-degree murder in the death of a doctor at a Red Deer medical clinic made a second bizarre court appearance Wednesday.

Deng Mabiour, 54, is charged with killing of Dr. Walter Reynolds last month at the Village Mall Walk-In Clinic.

Mabiour told provincial court Judge Bert Skinner ‘I want to talk about why I killed my family doctor.’

“Why do you not ask me why I killed my family doctor? I killed him for good reason,” Mabiour told the judge. “I don’t want a lawyer. I want to talk about why I killed my family doctor. It is a very, very long story.”

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

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

Mabiour is also charged with assault with a weapon and assaulting a police officer who responded to the 911 call. RCMP said the crime wasn’t random and the two men were known to each other through the clinic.

Mabiour came to Canada from South Sudan.

The judge ordered a psychiatric exam and adjourned the case to Sept. 14.

“I am going to request an assessment of you … to verify if you are fit to stand trial. I’m not so satisfied.”

The judge said the Criminal Code only allows him to send Mabiour to hospital for five days for an assessment but a psychiatrist can ask for an extension if more time is needed.

When Mabious appeared in court last month he said he was sick and didn’t remember the attack.

Photo Deng Mabiour, 54, being arrested by RCMP (Social media photo)

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