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Man accused of killing Newport Beach doctor pleads not guilty

April 01, 2013|By Lauren Williams
  • Stanwood Elkus, 75, of Lake Elsinore is charged with killing Dr. Ronald Gilbert, 52, at his medical office in Newport Beach on Jan. 28.
Stanwood Elkus, 75, of Lake Elsinore is charged with killing Dr. Ronald… (Orange County Sheriff's…)

A man accused of killing a Newport Beach doctor has pleaded not guilty to murder in Orange County Superior Court.

Stanwood Elkus, 75, of Lake Elsinore, pressed against the third-floor courtroom's cage Friday to listen to his public defender, Jennifer Nicolalde, and shouted his responses to the judge.

He stands accused of shooting and killing Ronald Gilbert, a urologist, at Orange Coast Urology, 520 Superior Ave., near Hoag Hospital, on Jan. 28. He also faces sentencing enhancements for allegedly lying in wait and using a gun to cause death.

Prosecutors said Elkus made an appointment to see the doctor, waited for him in an exam room and then fired six or seven times when the doctor entered.

Gilbert, 52, lived in Huntington Harbour with his wife and two children. He was chief of urology at Hoag Hospital from 1998 to 2002 and taught at UC Irvine Medical School.

Elkus is slated to return to court June 6 for a preliminary hearing. 

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lauren.williams@latimes.com

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