Author Topic: Dana TURNER - 31 - Murdered - Aug 14, 2011 - Edmonton, AB  (Read 100363 times)


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Re: Dana TURNER - 31 - Murdered - Aug 14, 2011 - Edmonton, AB
« Reply #271 on: October 28, 2016, 06:50:47 AM »
This breaks my heart in so many ways - as a mother, as a grandfather, as a sister and as those very innocent children that have to live a much different life with so many challenges they didn't ask for, nor need. I'm sad that the children can no longer be just children and parents are absolutely heart broken after raising their daughter and having to know - without having any ability to have come to her aid - her final moments.

I pray that this family has the warmth of love and healing and kindness abound to hug them through the next chapters of life. I wish them joy and peace in the months and years to come. And, may Dana now rest in peace in a much better place than this life was able to provide to her. I hope the family will find some comfort in knowing that they surrounded her with love, purpose, and life's best moments for way more years than the final moments of her life. I hope some of those will soon take the place of any terrible moments that replay in their thoughts. The perp does not need, nor deserve to have more victims, nor more impact on the lives of others.

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Re: Dana TURNER - 31 - Murdered - Aug 14, 2011 - Edmonton, AB
« Reply #272 on: February 20, 2017, 10:01:52 PM »
Dana's mother is going to write a book to honor her daughter's memory, so her grandsons will have memories in the form of stories of Dana, so the perp will not get free after 16 years, so more awareness is made to preferential treatment of some perps, and so perhaps some changes can be made to how family of victims are treated throughout the process.

Dana Turner's mother slams justice system
By Omar Mosleh, Fort Saskatchewan Record
Thursday, November 10, 2016 1:19:30 MST PM

It wasn�t enough that Wendy Yurko lost her daughter.

She was even deprived of being able to put the day her daughter was killed on her tombstone, because the exact day was never determined.

Now, the mother of Dana Turner, a murder victim from Fort Saskatchewan, plans to write a book about how she believes the justice system failed her daughter.

Dana Turner was killed in August 2011 in Edmonton by her ex-boyfriend Mark Lindsay, who was sentenced to life in prison with no parole eligibility for 16 years on Oct. 27 following his conviction on second-degree murder charges.

But Turner�s mother, Wendy Yurko, believes her death could have been prevented in the first place.

Lindsay, the son of a former Edmonton Police chief, pleaded guilty on Aug. 12, 2011 to an assault on Turner stemming from an incident in his apartment where he stabbed Turner in the head in June. He was sentenced to time served (50 days) and released from jail.

Not long after, Turner disappeared. The exact date of her death was never determined. Her body was found in a ditch near Innisfail. Lindsay confessed to the murder in September 2011, but said it was in self defence, which the judge rejected in the recent trial.

Yurko said she and Turner were only notified of Lindsay�s release four hours in advance. She believes her daughter would still be alive if Lindsay wasn�t released from custody.

�I feel this system is just as guilty for murdering my daughter as Mark Lindsay is,� she said. �We got no warning, no communication, and obviously never got a phone call back from the Crown prosecutor that he�s sorry he made a plea bargain that resulted in the slaughter of my child.�

After the initial June 2011 incident, Lindsay was charged with aggravated assault. That was later reduced to assault. Yurko believes Lindsay got preferential treatment because of his father�s former position as a police chief.

�How come we treat certain members of society a certain way and other ones a different way?� Yurko questioned.

In addition to the fact that Lindsay was released from custody following the initial assault, Yurko charges that there were a multitude of problems in the murder trial as well.

For one, she believes Lindsay should have been convicted of first-degree murder, not second degree, because there was evidence the murder was premeditated because Lindsay purchased plastic bags, gloves, bleach and sponges to clean up the crime scene.

She also rejects the theory put forward by the defence that Lindsay was not criminally responsible due to schizophrenia.

�The judge at our trial was absolutely aghast because from the time Mark Lindsay was 10, there is evidence that he did not have (clinical) schizophrenia. He had drug-induced schizophrenia,� Yurko said.

She said the Crown prosecutor and Edmonton Police Service barely notified her family of the proceedings, and she had to see her local MLA three times to get the dates for the murder trial.

�We only knew three days before. I don�t think that�s right. This is disgusting what they did to our family,� Yurko said.

Yurko said she will do everything within her power to ensure Lindsay does not get parole after 16 years.

She plans to write a book about the ordeal, not only to document what she perceives as flaws in the justice system, but also as a tribute to her daughter and her family.

�Number one is so that my grandsons, who do not have their mom, will have memories. But I also am going to write this book to include (my thoughts on) the justice system that is so corrupt,� Yurko said. �They�re as corrupt as the criminals they�re putting in jail.�

Yurko is so angry she said the trial made her reconsider Canada�s stance on capital punishment.

�If we don�t have money for good people, like Dana, who went to (an) Alberta hospital for postpartum depression, was given 16 meds and kicked out after a week and a half, then obviously we don�t have money for the Mark Lindsays of the world,� she said.

She said she wants her daughter to be remembered as a compassionate, caring individual who put other people first.

Yurko remembers how her daughter called her one day while staying at the hospital and was dismayed that other patients did not have access to fresh fruits and vegetables. She asked her mother if she could bring some produce for her to share with other patients.

Yurko says her daughter was the same until the day she died. She says Turner bought Lindsay two meals on the day she was killed, and even paid for the gas that took her to her death.

�That is what my daughter was like and she was slaughtered for nothing. She would never hurt a lady bug. She would give the shirt off her back to anybody, any time. My daughter was an angel.�

�With files from Postmedia Network

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Re: Dana TURNER - 31 - Murdered - Aug 14, 2011 - Edmonton, AB
« Reply #273 on: July 16, 2018, 11:09:00 AM »

RED DEER, Alta. – The son of a former Edmonton police chief found guilty of killing his ex-girlfriend and dumping her body at a location north of Calgary is launching an appeal.

Mark Lindsay, who is 29, was found guilty last May of second-degree murder and obstruction of justice in the death of Dana Turner. He was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 16 years.

The Court of Appeal confirmed a notice of appeal was filed Nov. 25, 2016.

The defence argued during a three-week, judge-alone trial in Red Deer that the accused should not be held criminally responsible due to schizophrenia.

The argument was rejected and Lindsay was sentenced last fall to 16 years in prison before he’s eligible for parole.

READ MORE: Psychologist says accused Edmonton killer Mark Lindsay developed abnormally as a child
See link for above psychology comment.


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Re: Dana TURNER - 31 - Murdered - Aug 14, 2011 - Edmonton, AB
« Reply #274 on: July 21, 2018, 10:24:17 AM »
Thanks Sap1 for the article link. I noticed that the date on the article was January 25, 2017 3:48 pm

Since then there has been an update on the case dated May 22, 2018 stating that Lindsay lost the appeal. Sadly, the circus of an appeal was one more round that Dana's family had to endure, day-by-day sitting in the court proceedings in the same room as their daughter's killer. Something a parent would do, even if it would harm their own health. The Court of Appeal found that Mark Lindsay who got in an argument with Dana and stabbed her in both eyes with a pencil, then strangled Dana with a shoelace and then went to the extent of driving her to an old construction site and driving over Dana's head twice with the car to ensure she was dead, and bought items to dispose of her body at another site, did not win the appeal on the basis that "although he was capable of appreciating the nature and quality of his actions" he was not "capable of knowing those actions were wrong." The Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal, "We do not find that the trial judge committed any error in his application of the relevant legal principles, or in weighing the expert evidence." Now, can Dana's family have some well-deserved peace?

Convicted murderer Mark Lindsay loses appeal of murder conviction
"What is really good is that him being in jail keeps some other family from suffering"
CBC News · Posted: May 22, 2018 4:11 PM MT | Last Updated: May 22

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Re: Dana TURNER - 31 - Murdered - Aug 14, 2011 - Edmonton, AB
« Reply #275 on: July 21, 2018, 12:09:24 PM »
Thanks Concerned. I didn't see the newest article, and I am happy he lost the appeal. Relieved actually. All I could see was him getting out and possibly spending a short time in a psyche facility and then back in public.
Since psychiatric facilities would not keep him forever and likely cannot fix his mental state, jail is the only answer for him.
I can't even read over the things he did in his madness and I cannot imagine having to be reminded constantly with appeals. The worst nightmares for many families unfortunately.
He will not change imo. He has diagnosed schizophrenia and if he would be out and on his own, he could very easily give up medical treatment thinking he is feeling better, and along with his need for mind altering drugs, he is a volatile danger.