Accused in Crimson Deer physician slaying to characterize himself: ‘No lawyer is nice for me’

Accused in Red Deer doctor slaying to represent himself: ‘No lawyer is good for me’

A man accused of killing a family doctor in a medical clinic in central Alberta pleaded not guilty and insisted on appearing before a court.

Deng Mabiour, 54, is charged with first degree murder that summer when he met Dr. Walter Reynolds in the Village Mall Walk-In Clinic in Red Deer.

Mabiour spoke by phone during a brief court appearance on Monday.

He reiterated previous claims that he did not want a lawyer, did not trust the Canadian legal system and intended to represent himself.

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Justice John Hopkins warned Mabiour of the dangers of self-expression.

“You are facing serious first degree murder charges … If you are convicted, the maximum sentence is life in prison.

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“If you want to represent yourself, you have the right to do so. When you represent yourself, you are at a disadvantage if you don’t have a thorough legal education, ”said Hopkins.

“It is much more likely that a trained attorney can fully and effectively advance your defense. In my opinion it would be in your best interest to have a lawyer represent you. “

Mabiour said he still intends to serve as his own attorney in court. The Crown said a process would take about four weeks.

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“There is nothing a lawyer can do about my case. No lawyer is good for me in Canada. I’m black, ”Mabiour told the judge.

“There is no lawyer who is good to defend me.”

Prosecutor Dominique Mathurin said the crown was ready to go to court and Mabiour had clarified his position.

“We have had a lot of discussions about how Mr. Mabiour found a lawyer and that seems to be his decision at this point,” she said.

The judge said it was “premature” to set a trial date and ordered the case to be postponed until February 1.

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“I’m assuming we should have a pretty big pre-conference,” said Hopkins.

Mabiour also pleaded not guilty of attacking a gun or a police officer.

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The court had previously ordered a psychiatric examination and was found fit to stand trial.

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

A witness told the media that she was in the waiting room when she heard cries for help and saw a man with a hammer and machete.

RCMP has said the crime was not accidental and the two men knew each other through the clinic, although they did not say whether Mabiour was a Reynolds patient.

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