(Advocate file photo)

(Advocate file photo)

Man accused of killing Red Deer doctor in 2020 makes court appearance

Pre-trial applications being heard in Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench

A man accused of killing a Red Deer doctor in his walk-in clinic last year was in court on Monday to have pre-trial applications heard.

Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Paul Belzil heard submissions on the voluntariness of statements Deng Mabiour made to RCMP following his arrest on Aug. 10, 2020. All evidence and testimony presented is covered under a publication ban.

Mabiour is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Dr. Walter Reynolds, who was killed at the Village Mall Walk-In Clinic on the morning of Aug. 10 last year. Reynolds, a father of two, was working at the clinic when he was attacked. He died later in hospital.

Mabiour also faces charges of assault with a weapon, a machete, and assaulting a police officer. He was rearraigned on all three charges on Monday and not guilty pleas recorded.

A jury trial has been scheduled to run Nov. 22 to Dec. 17 in Red Deer.

Mabiour has insisted in previous court appearances that he intends to represent himself. At Monday’s appearance, defence lawyer Jason Snider was acting as a court-appointed amicus, or friend of the court, to assist in the pre-trial applications.

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