Accused urologist shooter says can't afford lawyer

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Associated Press

Posted on January 30, 2013 at 10:02 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 30 at 8:33 PM

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A retired barber accused of fatally shooting his California doctor in an exam room says he can't afford an attorney.

The Los Angeles Times reports Wednesday (http://lat.ms/Wyz1uf ) that an arraignment for the 75-year-old Stanwood Fred Elkus was pushed back so he could be assigned a public defender.

Elkus is charged with murder in the Monday afternoon attack that killed his urologist, Dr. Ronald Gilbert.

The 52-year-old doctor was shot multiple times in the upper body at his officer in the affluent city of Newport Beach in surburban Orange County and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Neighbors say Elkus had long suffered from prostate problems and was upset about his incontinence after a recent surgery.

It wasn't clear if Gilbert performed the surgery or how long he had treated him.

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