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Prosecutor: Man accused in Newport doctor's killing held grudge over 1992 surgery

Prosecutor: Man accused in Newport doctor's killing held grudge over 1992 surgery

Stanwood Elkus was enraged over a 21-year-old unsuccessful surgery when he drove to urologist Ronald Gilbert’s Newport Beach office and fatally shot him, an Orange County prosecutor alleged Thursday.

Prosecutor Matt Murphy told jurors during opening statements in Orange County Superior Court that Elkus, 79, of Lake Elsinore was fixated on the 1992 procedure, which Elkus alleges left him incontinent and suffering from erectile dysfunction.

Elkus, a retired barber, is facing a special-circumstances murder charge with a possible sentencing enhancement over use of a firearm. He has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, according to court records.

In 1992, Gilbert was a...

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