Suspect Claims Slain Doctor Botched His Surgery

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

ORANGE, Calif. (AP) - A 75-year-old man accused of gunning down an Orange County doctor says in a jailhouse interview that he was angry about a botched surgery that he claims the victim performed.

However, a lawyer for the family of slain Dr. Ronald Gilbert tells the Los Angeles Times ( the urologist never treated Stanwood Elkus.

Elkus has pleaded not guilty to lying in wait before killing Gilbert on Jan. 28, though he told the newspaper he did "a terrible thing."

Elkus told the newspaper he has had prostate problems and has needed psychiatric counseling ever since a botched surgery 21 years ago.

Gilbert family attorney Ed Susolik says the urologist worked at the hospital where Elkus had surgery, but Gilbert didn't actually perform the surgery.

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