Lindsay charged with murder
The son of a former Edmonton police chief accused of stabbing an undercover Mountie during a Mr. Big sting near Kamloops last fall has now been charged with murder by RCMP in Alberta.
Mark Lindsay, who is also alleged to have stabbed his cellmate at Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre twice in the eye last October, is facing new counts of second-degree murder, indignity to a body and obstruction of justice — all in relation to the disappearance and death of his former girlfriend, Dana Turner.
The charges against the 25-year-old were announced by Alberta Mounties today (March 15).
Turner, 31, went missing in mid-August — the day after Lindsay finished serving a 50-day sentence in an Edmonton jail for stabbing her in the head.
Her mother, Wendy Yurko, told KTW she's happy charges were laid, but thinks Lindsay should have been charged with first-degree murder.
"Now I'm absolutely sick because he'll probably be out of jail in six years," Yurko said.
"I'm just glad they charged him at all, though. My biggest fear was that he was never going to be charged."
Turner's body was found nearly two months after she disappeared, in a farmer's field in central Alberta.
By that time, Lindsay was already in custody in Kamloops.
On Sept. 21, 2011, he was arrested by Kamloops Mounties after allegedly stabbing an undercover officer in Barriere during the course of an apparent Mr. Big operation — in which police operatives pose as criminals to lure suspects into confessing to crimes.
While in custody in Kamloops, Lindsay found himself facing more serious allegations. In October, he was charged after allegedly stabbing his cellmate twice in the eye — once with a pen and once with a pencil.
The incident is alleged to have taken place during a game of Scrabble.
Lindsay, the son of former Edmonton police chief John Lindsay, spoke with KTW in a series of jailhouse interviews in December.
During the interviews, he refused to answer any questions about Turner's disappearance, saying only he hadn't seen her since last summer.
Lindsay did admit to taking part in some sort of an altercation with the undercover officer north of Barriere, for which he was arrested.
He told KTW he had no idea the man was an undercover cop. The two apparently met on a Greyhound bus in August.
According to Alberta Mounties, Lindsay is now in the process of being transported back to Edmonton from the North Fraser Pretrial Centre in Port Coquitlam.
It's not known when or why he left Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre, where he had been kept in segregation since October.
No court date has been set for the new charges, but Lindsay is slated to stand trial in Kamloops twice this summer — once for the alleged Mr. Big stabbing and again in relation to the jailhouse stabbing.
He is due back in Kamloops court this spring.