Accused urologist shooter says can't afford lawyer

Associated Press
This photo released Tue. Jan. 29, 2013 by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department showing Stanwood Fred Elkus, 75, of Lake Elsinore who was arrested Monday, Jan. 28,2013, suspected of killing Dr. Ronald Franklin Gilbert, 52, of Huntington Beach at the medical office in Orange County on Monday Jan. 28,2013. (AP Photo/Orange County Sheriff’s Department)
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This photo released Tue. Jan. 29, 2013 by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department showing Stanwood Fred …

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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