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Lindsay's sentencing date set for Jan. 21

The son of a former Edmonton police chief who admitted in a Kamloops courtroom earlier this year to murdering his girlfriend before attacking an undercover police officer and then his jail cellmate won't have a sentencing date set until next month.

Mark Lindsay stood trial twice in B.C. Supreme Court in Kamloops in August, first on allegations he attacked an undercover Mountie in Barriere during a Mr. Big sting operation, then on an accusation he stabbed his cellmate at Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre twice in the eye during a game of Scrabble.

The 25-year-old took the stand in his own defence during both trials, admitting to not only attacking the officer and his cellmate, but also to murdering his girlfriend, Dana Turner, in Alberta.

At trial, court heard the Mr. Big investigation was in regard to Turner's disappearance in August 2011 in Edmonton.

Just days into the investigation, Lindsay attacked the undercover Mountie he was travelling with from Edmonton to Kamloops. The incident took place outside a Barriere gas station.

He was arrested a short time later by Kamloops Mounties.

While in custody at KRCC a few weeks later, Lindsay stabbed his cellmate twice in the same eye — once with a pen and once with a pencil — during a game of Scrabble.

The victim, 21-year-old Michel Fougere, permanently lost his eye.

In August, Lindsay told a Kamloops courtroom all three of his victims — Turner, the undercover Mountie and Fougere — were part of a group of "serial killers" who were plotting to kill him.

B.C. Supreme Court Justice Dev Dley ordered Lindsay undergo a psychiatric evaluation based on his testimony.

While the results of the evaluation have not yet been made public, lawyers have intimated the testing psychiatrist ruled Lindsay was not of a sound mind when the B.C. crimes were committed.

If the doctor's report says Lindsay does suffer from a mental disorder, Dley could find him not criminally responsible for the stabbings of the undercover Mountie and the KRCC cellmate.

In that case, Lindsay would be handed over to the B.C. Review Board for disposition.

Crown prosecutor Will Burrows said he plans to call the psychiatrist to give evidence prior to sentencing — a move that has seen Lindsay's sentencing date pushed back multiple times in recent months.

Lawyers have to find a date when the doctor, both Crown and defence and Dley are all available.

Lindsay is also facing a second-degree murder charge in Alberta in relation to Turner's death. He is expected to appear in a Red Deer courtroom for a preliminary hearing beginning on Jan. 8.

He is slated to return to B.C. Supreme Court in Kamloops on Jan. 21 to set a date for sentencing.

 

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