Trial dates set for Lindsay
Trial dates have been set for the son of a former Edmonton police chief accused in two separate violent incidents in the Kamloops area.
Mark Lindsay did not appear in court today (Dec. 12) as lawyers met to set dates for a pair of jury selections and trials for next summer.
The 24-year-old is charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count each of robbery and possession of a dangerous weapon.
One of the aggravated assault charges stems from an incident in October in which Lindsay is accused of stabbing his cellmate at Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre in the eye with a pen and a pencil.
The other charges were laid after Lindsay was arrested on Sept. 21 near McLure, after allegedly stabbing an undercover RCMP officer he had been travelling with from Alberta.
It’s believed the two were headed from Edmonton, where Lindsay lives, to B.C. as part of an RCMP “Mr. Big” sting operation.
The stabbing is alleged to have taken place in Barriere.
Mr. Big stings are elaborate undercover investigations undertaken by the RCMP, in which murder suspects are recruited into a fictitious criminal organization by undercover cops posing as gangsters, with the ultimate goal of having the target come clean about crimes in his or her past.
In addition to the charges in B.C., Lindsay is also a potential person of interest in the disappearance and murder of his girlfriend in Alberta.
Lindsay served 50 days in jail this summer following an altercation with his girlfriend, Dana Turner, in June, during which he stabbed her in the head.
Originally charged with attempted murder, Lindsay pleaded guilty on Aug. 12 to a reduced charge in an Edmonton courtroom.
He was sentenced to time served and released from jail.
Turner, 31, went missing two days later, on Aug. 14.
Her body was found just outside Innisfail, in central Alberta, on Oct. 9.
Lindsay has not been charged or identified publicly as a suspect in Turner’s disappearance or death.
However, KTW has learned Lindsay has been identified as a homicide suspect by the RCMP. It is not known which murder he is suspected of having committed.
RCMP media liaisons in B.C. and Alberta will not discuss Lindsay’s charges relating to the alleged stabbing of the undercover officer, citing a publication ban on the file.
While there is a ban on publication, it applies only to evidence heard at a bail hearing.
Lindsay has not sought bail.
Lindsay is the son of former Edmonton police chief John Lindsay, who is now a deacon in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton.
Mark Lindsay has been housed in KRCC’s segregation unit since the alleged jail-cell stabbing. Court has previously heard Lindsay has to be escorted by a three-person team every time he’s moved within the facility.
Jury selection for the charges from KRCC will begin on June 4, with a one-week trial to follow the week of June 11.
They jury which will hear the trial on the charges out of Barriere will be selected on Aug. 7, with a 10-day trial slated to begin the week of Aug. 13.