LINDSAY TRIAL: Ex-police chief breaks silence, issues statement
The parents of an Edmonton man who last week during an assault trial in Kamloops admitted to murdering his ex-girlfriend have issued a statement.
Mark Lindsay testified on Wednesday that he killed Dana Turner in Alberta last August, believing she was part of a group of "serial killers" out to get him.
He also admitted to stabbing an undercover RCMP officer targeting him in a Mr. Big sting, and later stabbing his cellmate — 21-year-old Michele Fougere — at Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre during a game of Scrabble.
Lindsay, 25, is the adopted son of former Edmonton police chief John Lindsay, who is now a deacon in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton.
The full text of the statement is as follows:
Public Statement of Deacon John and Louise Lindsay
August 17, 2012
We are very greatly saddened by the profound pain of all who have suffered in the events described this week in Kamloops. This reality remains with us day and night, and continues to be an ever present experience and grief that is also shared deeply in our own family.
As we struggle to be humanly reconciled with all that has happened we believe — with God’s strength and grace — that we can still depend on His abiding presence to guide everyone to a peace that we don’t yet see. This is our prayer, and we grieve and pray for Dana and her mother and family, and for all who mourn her death, with this hope. Similarly, we pray for this reconciliation for the injured RCMP officer and Mr. Fougere.
As parents, we love our son. Although illness has prevented our attendance in Kamloops, we pray every day for what he needs. Our family’s ‘need’ and suffering will never challenge or displace the agony of others, nor should it.
Please pray for Dana, her mother and family, and all who mourn her. Please also pray for everyone else affected by what has happened, and for our son Mark, and our family.
Deacon John and Louise Lindsay
Last Thursday, a B.C. Supreme Court judge ordered Lindsay to undergo a psychiatric evaluation based on the claims made during his testimony.
That won't take place until after another assault trial — dealing with the KRCC stabbing — slated to begin on Tuesday.