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Edmonton man will face murder trial in Red Deer

An Edmonton man has been committed to stand trial in Red Deer on charges laid after a woman’s body was found in a ditch near Innisfail.

Dana Jane Turner, 31, was reported missing from her home in Fort Saskatchewan on Aug. 16, 2011.

Her remains were discovered nearly two months later, on Oct. 9.

Mark Damien Lindsay, 26, was arrested and charged in Port Coquitlam, B.C., on March 15, 2012.

Adopted son of former Edmonton police chief John Lindsay, he has pleaded not guilty of second-degree murder, interfering with human remains and obstructing justice.

Evidence against Lindsay was weighed in a preliminary hearing in Red Deer provincial court before Judge Bert Skinner, concluding just before noon on Friday.

Evidence submitted in a preliminary hearing cannot be made public until it has been introduced at trial.

Turner’s mother, Wendy Yurko, attended all five days of the hearing, along with members of her family.

Lindsay previously asked to be tried by Court of Queen’s Bench judge and jury on the murder charge.

Defence counsel Robert Shaigec advised court on Friday that his client wants to be tried by Queen’s Bench judge alone on the other charges.

Those details are to be sorted out during his arraignment, scheduled for March 4.

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