A man accused of killing his common-law wife two weeks ago sat limply in a wheelchair as he made his first court appearance in Edmonton Friday.

Narin Sok, 49, is accused of second-degree murder in the death of Deang Huon, 40. Her body was found in the apartment the couple shared near 109th Avenue and 106th Street on July 25. She had been strangled.

Sok refused to respond to either his lawyer or the judge as he sat in court.

Doctors from Edmonton's Royal Alexandra hospital told the court Sok has an undiagnosed mental illness.

The Crown told the court when Sok was taken into custody he was violent and paranoid, and could not be read his rights because he appeared delusional.

Police had to break into the apartment because the door had been barricaded with bags of rice, and when they got in, they found the place covered with garbage bags, court was told.

Under one pile of bags they found Huon's body.

Sok has been sent back to hospital so doctors can examine him further. He will be in court again on Aug. 14.

Huon's family members say in the days leading up to her death, they were concerned about Sok's erratic behaviour and urged her to seek help from mental health workers.

On the day of Huon's death, relatives say they called a mental health emergency line to report problems in the home.

It took several hours for the crisis team to arrive, and another hour for police to show up to assist the team.

Police and officials from Capital Health said the calls from family members never suggested any potential for violence.