A Court of Queen’s Bench justice in Red Deer has found Mark Lindsay guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Dana Turner, back in August 2011.
Lindsay told police he thought Turner, his girlfriend at the time, was a witch and part of a group he called the Healers who wanted to kill him.
But Justice Eldon Simpson said that was a fabrication built off Lindsay’s pre-existing paranoid and delusional experience resulting from substance abuse.
Lindsay’s lawyer, Kent Teskey, argued that his client should be declared not criminally responsible because of a mental disorder.
The judge, however, found that Lindsay knew his actions were morally wrong and did not suffer from a disease of the mind.
Simpson noted that Lindsay, who is the son of former Edmonton police chief John Lindsay, had ended up in jail for attacking Turner with a knife.
He then killed her a few days after pleading guilty to assault and being released from prison.
Court heard that Lindsay stabbed Turner in both eyes with a pencil, and then strangled her with a shoelace, before running over her head with a rental car.
Lindsay is expected to be sentenced in July to life behind bars, with the judge still needing to determine when he will be eligible for parole. (td)