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New psych test ordered for man accused in killing

A new psychiatric assessment has been ordered for an Edmonton man accused of killing a Fort Saskatchewan woman and then dumping her body in a ditch near Innisfail.

Mark Damien Lindsay, 26, was ordered early in February to stand trial on charges of second-degree murder, performing an indignity to human remains and obstruction of justice in connection with the death of Dana Jane Turner, 31. Turner’s body was found on Oct. 9, 2011, nearly two months after she was reported missing.

Lindsay, adopted son of former Edmonton police chief John Lindsay, has remained in custody since his arrest. He was arrested at the courthouse in Port Coquitlam, B.C., on March 15, 2012, where he had been taken to answer other charges.

He was ordered to stand trial on the Alberta charges on Feb. 1 of this year, following a preliminary hearing.

In Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench on Monday, Crown Prosecutor Anders Quist said Lindsay was tried in B.C. on two separate sets of charges, which occurred after Turner’s disappearance in Alberta.

In both cases, he was found not criminally responsible for mental health reasons.

Quist asked Justice Monica Bast in Red Deer court for a new psychiatric assessment to determine if he is criminally responsible for the Alberta charges. He said the assessment would need to be performed at Alberta Hospital Edmonton, because it has facilities that are not available at the forensic assessment centre in Calgary.

Bast ordered that the assessment be completed by May 3, with Lindsay and his defence counsel, Robert Shaigec of Edmonton, to return on the following Monday to set trial dates. Lindsay had previously asked for a jury trial.

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