The son of a former Edmonton police chief facing trial on a second-degree murder charge has been diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic.


Dana Turner was last seen alive in August 2011. Her remains were found in a field near Innisfail, Alta., two months later. (RCMP)

In testimony in a British Columbia court last summer, Mark Lindsay, who was testifying in his own defence for allegedly attacking an undercover police officer, said he killed Dana Turner and dumped her body near Innisfail, Alta. Her remains were found in 2011.

Lindsay, 25, has said he is convinced he was the target of a group of serial killers, including Turner.

Now a forensic psychiatrist says Lindsay should be found not criminally responsible for his actions in the B.C. case.

"The doctor's opinion was that while Mr. Lindsay knew they were effectively criminal offences and knew the nature and quality of his actions," B.C. Crown prosecutor Will Burrows told CBC News. "Mr. Lindsay didn't know they were morally wrong, or at least because of his psychiatric condition, he didn't believe they were morally wrong."

Burrows disagreed with the diagnosis.

"We argued in front of the judge that Mr. Lindsay didn't meet the classic definition despite the doctor's opinion."

Burrows said a Kamloops judge will render a decision in the B.C. case in a couple of weeks, which will have no effect on Lindsay's trial in Turner's killing. The preliminary hearing in that case is scheduled to start in January.

Lindsay is the son of former Edmonton police chief John Lindsay.

With files from CBC's Janice Johnston