Wendy Yurko poses in her home with pictures of her slain daughter, Dana Turner, in Fort Saskatchewan on Thursday, March 15, 2012. Mark Lindsay has been arrested and charged with second degree murder, indignity to a body and obstruction of justice.
Credits: CODIE MCLACHLAN/QMI AGENCY
But the woman's mother said Wednesday's news has not brought her any closure.
Mark Lindsay took the stand in a Kamloops, BC, courtroom Wednesday during his two-day trial for robbery, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, and aggravated assault involving an undercover Mountie.
During his testimony, Crown prosecutor Will Burrows said Lindsay acknowledged that he killed his ex-girlfriend, Dana Turner.
His reason for doing so was self defence based on the fact that, in his mind, she was part of a group of serial killers who were planning to kill him, the lawyer said.
Turner's mother, Wendy Yurko, has long pointed the finger at Lindsay.
"I have been living in 360 some days of hell that is never going to stop," she said. "This family has lived in over a year of torture."
The Crown prosecutor said Lindsay also believed the undercover officer was trying to kill him during a road trip through BC.
"He became suspicious right away and eventually confident that the undercover cop wasn't a cop; he was part of this serial killer ring and he was luring Mr. Lindsay out to Kamloops to kill him there," Burrows said.
Turner was reported missing last August. Her skeletal remains were discovered in a farmer's field near Innisfail, Alta., in October 2011, sparking a police investigation that involved an undercover cop meeting Lindsay on a Greyhound bus and befriending him.
During a road trip from Edmonton to Kamloops in September 2011, Lindsay testified how he took a pen in his pocket and stabbed the undercover cop above the eye as the two men drove away from a gas station in Barriere, BC,about 45 minutes north of Kamloops.
Lindsay took the vehicle and headed south towards Kamloops, but he was later arrested near McLure, BC.
A third trial for stabbing a fellow inmate beneath the eye a month after Lindsay's arrest begins next week.
During his testimony Wednesday, Lindsay admitted to stabbing the man during a game of Scrabble.
Burrows has applied to have Lindsay remanded in custody so he can be assessed to determine whether he was criminally responsible at the time he committed the offence.
Meanwhile, Turner's mother is calling for harsher punishment for murderers.
"I want society to start taking the murder of innocent human beings seriously and do something about it," she said. "Something that will actually deter murderers.
Instead of giving them a free education, a free place to stay, free meals, I want them to pay."
Lindsay will be back in Alberta Jan. 8 for a preliminary hearing on a second-degree murder charge in connection with Turner's death.
And although she wasn't there to meet Lindsay face to face in Kamloops, Yurko said there should be no doubt that she'll be there come January.
"I will be there every single second," she said. "I'm doing this for my daughter."
Lindsay's father is former Edmonton police chief John Lindsay who resigned from the position back in 2000. He now serves as a deacon in the Catholic church.