Sanity questioned in murder case against son of former Edmonton police chief301 views
Mark Lindsay believed his girlfriend, Dana Turner, was a supernatural serial killer
RED DEER – A judge must now decide whether an Alberta man who admits he killed his girlfriend can be held criminally responsible for her death.
Final arguments wrapped up in Red Deer on Thursday at the second-degree murder trial of Mark Lindsay.
Lindsay has admitted he killed Dana Turner in August 2011, but says he did so because he believed she was part of a group of supernatural serial killers.
The Crown argued in its closing statement that Lindsay’s actions at the time of Turner’s slaying showed rational decision-making.
But the defence said Lindsay, who is 29, has been suffering from years of mental illness and was obsessed with his delusion.
An agreed statement of facts read at the trial said Lindsay stabbed Turner in the eye with a pencil and strangled her with a shoelace before running over her body and dumping it.
The judge’s verdict is expected May 13.
A charge of offering an indignity to a body has been dismissed.
Lindsay’s lawyer described a decade of escalating mental illness and said his client had built up a terrifying belief that Turner, who was 31, was trying to kill him. The defence pointed out his explanation of what happened has been consistent.
The Crown said there is nothing to indicate that Lindsay, who is the son of former Edmonton police chief John Lindsay, showed any fear of Turner in the days leading up to the killing.
A psychologist who testified at the trial said Lindsay has some signs of paranoid psychosis. Marc Nesca said Lindsay did not develop normally as a child, showed bizarre behaviour and attachment issues and started abusing substances at around 10 years old.
Lindsay’s mother testified that her son was paranoid and heard voices. She said Lindsay had told her in March 2011 that he heard a plot to kill him being broadcast on his neighbours’ TV.