75-Year-Old Man Charged With Murder in Doctor's Shooting Death

Stanwood Elkus allegedly waited for his doctor in an exam room at an Orange County hospital before he opened fire

By Jonathan Lloyd
|  Thursday, Jan 31, 2013  |  Updated 8:27 AM PDT
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Newport Beach Doctor Gunned Down in Exam Room: Cops

Stanwood Elkus faces a murder charge in the shooting death of his doctor at an Orange County hospital.

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Doctor-Shooting Suspect Seemed to be Counting Final Days: Neighbors

Neighbors say Stanwood Elkus, 75, spoke often of his health problems and referred to "not being around much longer" days before he was arrested on suspicion of fatally shooting his physician at a Newport Beach medical office. Vikki Vargas reports from Newport Beach for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Jan. 29, 2013.

Newport Beach Doctor Gunned Down in Exam Room: Cops

An employee at a Newport Beach medical facility where a doctor was slain on Monday said the gunman, a man in his 70s whose name police did not release by late Monday, had an appointment with the doctor when he allegedly opened fire. Angie Crouch reports from Newport Beach for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Jan. 28, 2013.
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A 75-year-old man who allegedly waited in an exam room for a doctor to arrive at a Newport Beach medical office before shooting him was charged Wednesday with murder.

Stanwood Elkus, of Lake Elsinore, was charged with one felony count of special circumstances murder by lying in wait. If convicted, he faces a minimum sentence of life in prison without possibility of parole.

Elkus waited in an exam room Monday afternoon at the medical building on Superior Avenue for Dr. Ronald Franklin Gilbert, a Hoag Hospital staff member since 1993, according to the Orange County District Attorney's office. An employee at the building said the gunman had a scheduled appointment with the slain doctor, who served as chair of the Urology Department from October 1998 to September 2002.

When Gilbert arrived at the hospital, Elkus shot the doctor "multiple times," prosecutors said.

Colleagues heard gunfire on the second floor of the hospital and attempted to help Gilbert. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Elkus handed the weapon to a staff member before surrendering to officers, according to the district attorney.

Elkus' arraignment, scheduled for Wednesday in Santa Ana, was continued until March 1. He was ordered held without bail.

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