http://www.edmontonsun.com/2011/10/17/victims-mom-disgustedVictim's mom disgusted
By JACKIE L. LARSON,Edmonton Sun
First posted: Monday, October 17, 2011 07:11 PM MDT | Updated: Monday, October 17, 2011 07:19 PM MDT
Wendy Yurko, mother of Dana Turner, who was found slain south of Innisfail last week, reads a passage from Turner's diary detailing the knife attack she was subjected to by Mark Lindsay, son of a former police chief, at her home in Fort Saskatchewan.
As the Crown prepared to take Mark Lindsay to a hearing on Aug. 12 for the attack on Dana Turner, her mom, Wendy Yurko, expected a charge of attempted murder.
Her daughter was told she needed to testify or she would be held in contempt of court, Yurko recalled.
Dana Turner never got a chance to tell the judge about the stabbing.
“He plea bargained down to nothing and Dana didn’t need to testify. If we had known she didn’t need to testify, I would have sent her out of there so quick and fast on a plane,” Yurko said.
Mark Lindsay was released for time served - 50 days, and given 18 months probation as well as a ban from owning a weapon for 10 years.
The sentence that turned Lindsay out on the street in less than two months disgusts Wendy Yurko.
“I don’t think these people should be able to make these plea bargains out that put these people out on the streets in a matter of days,” she said.
“It’s a total disgrace ... This justice system is here to protect the criminals and not the innocent.”
The adopted son of former Edmonton police chief and St. Joseph Basilica ordained Deacon John Lindsay, Mark Damien Lindsay, remains in the Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre awaiting trial on unrelated charges of robbery and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose relating to a reported undercover officer. By closed-circuit video, Mark Lindsay appeared briefly in B.C. provincial court in Kamloops on Oct. 13.
As she waited for a death certificate that would enable Turner’s family to plan a funeral, Wendy Yurko mourned unimaginable loss.
“My daughter’s remains will be hermetically sealed, when mothers of other 31-year-olds are planning weddings and vacations with their grandchildren, I’m planning a funeral with my daughter in a body bag. Picking out a coffin for your child who should be living for another 50 years ... I’ve watched a lot of crime shows in my life, and I don’t think one rivals what we’re going through,” she said.
“Breathing is difficult most of the time,” she said.
One thought in particular haunts Yurko: the dread of the unsolved homicide.
“She’s bones and teeth. Maybe whoever did this to her will get away with this ... I am only living and breathing right now to bring justice to my daughter,” she said.
Horrendous dreams stalk her sleep, Yurko said this week, recalling a vivid nightmare that Dana was calling out to her from beyond the grave.
“Her voice said, ‘Mum, help me, Mum, help me, Mum, help me’ ... that’s how I woke up this morning.”
The RCMP are close-lipped about the investigation into Turner’s homicide. A spokesman told the Sun they haven’t publicly named any suspects.