A man accused of killing a family doctor at a walk-in clinic in central Alberta appeared confused at his first court appearance, saying he doesn’t remember and is sick.
Deng Mabiour, 54, of Red Deer faces a charge of first-degree murder in Monday’s death of 45-year-old Dr. Walter Reynolds, as well as charges for assaulting another doctor and a police officer. Reynolds was attacked inside an examination room at the Village Mall Walk-In Clinic Monday morning, witnesses say.
Mabiour appeared via a video link but wasn’t able to tell the judge if he understood the charges laid against him. He repeatedly demanded the judge listen to him and said he wants a doctor.
The matter was set over to Sept. 9.
The RCMP has said the killing was not a random attack, and that Mabiour and Reynolds knew eachother through the clinic. A spokesperson for Red Deer Primary Care network said Mabiour was a patient.
Meantime, a fundraiser for Reynold’s widow created by a family friend had grown to more than $179,000 by Wednesday afternoon, reaching far past its $20,000-goal.
A vigil honouring Reynolds’ memory, organized by a popular local Facebook page, is set for Friday in Red Deer at City Hall Park at 7 p.m.
The group is also promoting daily vigils outside the clinic between 11 a.m. to noon for the span of the week.
— With files from Lauren Boothby