The man, who is accused of killing a 45-year-old doctor in Red Deer in August 2020, died Tuesday morning, a few days before his murder case was to begin.
Deng Mabiour was due to appear in court later this month to be charged with first-degree murder of Dr. Walter Reynolds’ death but died at Foothills Hospital in Calgary, a lawyer from the Red Deer Law Group confirmed Tuesday.
The trial was scheduled to take place from November 22 to December 17.
Mabiour planned to represent himself in court with the assistance of a friend of the court who was appointed to assist with the trial after he refused to have a lawyer.
When Mabiour first appeared in court in August 2020, he told the judge that he did not remember everything in detail about the attack because he was ill and needed a doctor.
District Court Judge Bert Skinner ordered Mabiour to undergo a psychiatric assessment last winter, after which he was deemed fit to appear in court.
Reynolds was working at the Village Mall Walk-In Clinic in Red Deer when he was attacked on August 11, 2020 with a hammer and machete.
The 45-year-old father and husband later died at the hospital.
Police arrested Mabiour on the spot and charged him with first-degree murder, assault with a weapon and assault on a police officer.
Police said the attack was targeted and deliberate and that the two knew each other through the clinic.
Later in court, Mabiour said Reynolds was his doctor.
According to police, Mabiour had no previous criminal record.
Reynolds left two young daughters.
An office manager at the clinic, Debbie York, described the doctor as one of the friendliest, gentlest people you would ever want to know.
With files by Janice Johnston and Wallis Snowdon