Crown calls psychiatrist to rebut defence at Lindsay trial

Mark Damien Lindsay’s story of how and why he killed an Edmonton mother has stayed the same over the years, a consistency a forensic psychiatrist said was usually absent in schizophrenic patients.

Mark Damien Lindsay’s story of how and why he killed an Edmonton mother has stayed the same over the years, a consistency a forensic psychiatrist said was usually absent in schizophrenic patients.

Dr. Peter Rodd, a forensic psychiatrist, said Lindsay, 29, was consistent in his story that a group of serial killers called Healers was intent on killing him.

Rodd said this consistency was not common for people he interviewed.

Lindsay was interviewed for two hours by Rodd on May 20, 2013, at the Alberta Hospital in Edmonton. At the time Lindsay was held in custody for the murder of Dana Turner.

Lindsay is charged with second-degree murder and is on trial in Red Deer Court of Queen’s bench.

Defence counsel has admitted to Lindsay committing the murder. But Lindsay’s criminal responsibility for the act is the focus of the trial. A diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic, Lindsay has been observed by a multitude of doctors.

After two defence expert witnesses spoke to Lindsay’s mental state and the nature of his psychosis, the Crown called their own forensic psychiatrist as a rebuttal witness.

A veteran of 59 fitness and not criminally responsible assessments, Rodd was asked in 2013 to examine Lindsay.

Rodd noted a number of similarities between his interview with Lindsay and Lindsay’s police interview.

In the interview, Rodd said Lindsay was quite focused on the notes he took. Lindsay wanted to ensure the notes were accurate. Rodd said Lindsay was not motivated by paranoia, but wanted to control how his story was told.

Lindsay has claimed Turner was a member of the Healers and was sent specifically to kill him.

Defence expert witness Dr. Marc Nesca said it was this delusional belief that led Lindsay to kill Turner as a matter of self preservation. Lindsay stabbed Turner in the eyes with a pencil, strangled her and then ran over her head with a car in August 2011. He left her body on an oil lease road west of Innisfail. Turner’s body wasn’t found until October 2011. Lindsay was charged with the murder in March 2012.

Lindsay had just been released from serving a 50-day sentence for assaulting Turner in August 2011 when he killed her. He had previously stabbed her in the face with a knife.

Crown Prosecutor Bina Border guided Rodd through a selection of reports, pointing to numerous references to Lindsay’s continued drug abuse. Several reports indicate Lindsay may have experienced drug induced psychosis.

Defence expert witnesses instead believe Lindsay’s psychosis originated from his schizophrenia.

Trial resumes today in Red Deer Court of Queen’s bench.

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