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UPDATE: Murder Charges Filed in Doctor Slaying

Stanwood Fred Elkus, 75, is accused of lying in wait to kill Dr. Ronald Gilbert in Newport Beach. Prosecutor says it was Elkus' first appointment with Gilbert.

Updated at 2:30 p.m. to reflect new arraignment date and add details from prosecutor.

Earlier Post: A retired barber from Lake Elsinore has been charged with murder in the shooting death of a Newport Beach urologist, the Orange County district attorney's office said Wednesday.

Stanwood Fred Elkus, 75, is set to be arraigned March 1 on charges of murder by lying in wait and the deadly use of a firearm in connection with the Monday afternoon slaying of Dr. Ronald Gilbert in a medical exam office.

"It looks like it was his first appointment," Deputy District Attorney Matt Murphy told City News Service. "He tried to make it the previous Friday, we believe; but he couldn't make it until Monday. It does not appear he has any relationship with the doctor."

Elkus may have issues with his prostate, but he does not have cancer, Murphy added.

"Whatever issues he had were not caused by Dr. Gilbert," Murphy said.

Gilbert, a resident of Huntington Beach, would have celebrated his 53rd birthday today.

If convicted, Elkus faces life in state prison without the possibility of parole. He is being held without bail.

According to prosecutors, Elkus walked onto the second floor of the Hoag Medical Group building at 520 Superior Ave. on Monday for an appointment with Gilbert. Elkus shot the doctor multiple times when Gilbert entered the room, prosecutors said.

Other doctors heard the gunshots and ran to help Gilbert. Although they tried to revive him, Gilbert was pronounced dead at the scene.

After the shooting, Elkus gave the gun to a worker in the office and surrendered to police, prosecutors said.

Neighbors described Elkus as a nice man who was anguished over prostate surgery that left him with embarrassing incontinence.

mim January 30, 2013 at 09:52 PM
Typo on second to the last paragraph: After the shooting Gilbert gave the gun to a worker in the office and surrendered to police, prosecutors said. After shooting, Gilbert was already dead. The gunman was the one who gave the gun to a worker in the office-- correct?
Jay Arc January 31, 2013 at 12:23 AM
Mim. You gotta get new reading glasses. There's a typo with your eyes.
Jay Arc January 31, 2013 at 12:24 AM
Mim. You gotta get new reading glasses. There's a typo with your eyes.
Art Scott January 31, 2013 at 01:37 AM
I was a patient of Dr. Gilbert for a brief time. He bought this very successful practice from retiring Dr. Donald Williams back around 1993. My sincere condolences to his family.
Iamlivingit February 01, 2013 at 04:05 AM
I had a great chat with Dr. Gilbert, one week ago (to the hour) of his murder. He had just completed a proceedure on my mum. He assured me that all went well, and added his usual good sense of humour and pleasant conversation to the moment. He was caring, and always took the time to discuss concerns. My mother, step-father, father and brother-in-law are his patients. My mother has known him 10 - 15 years, and in fact, arrived minutes after the murder, as she had an appointment for the results of last weeks proceedure. Did she have bladder cancer or not? We still do not know, due to the tragedy. We even brought my father from another state to live with us, and was looking forward to Dr. Gilbert's conducting a procedure, a specialty, on my father. My father had hope for the first time. Moreover, a paraplegic friend, also now without her favourite doctor - he knew her history and was particularly helpful in her condition - without that medical security that comes from years of a good doctor- patient relationship and great medical care. There are patients crying tears for the loss of Dr. Gilbert. We have prayed all week for his family, friends and associates, as they deal with their loss. We are also personally saddened as he will not be here to continue his capable treatment of our family members. If my mother has bladder cancer, and my father could have been helped, we would have wished him to be the one to take care of them. Rest In Peace Dr. Gilbert!

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